Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer fired a warning shot at the president, insisting that he not interfere with Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been charged on 12 counts in the investigation already.
Schumer said, “The President must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way. If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues.”
He also stated that “the rule of law is paramount in America and the investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded.”
Hmmm…..since when does President Trump take orders from the likes of Schumer and the Democrats?
Manafort, along with his business partner Rick Gates, were charged with 12 counts, that included conspiracy against the United States.
Trump has previously flirted with firing Mueller, sparking bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill.
Two groups of senators have introduced legislation that would limit Trump’s ability to fire Mueller, or have the Justice Department fire him, without a court’s approval. And Democrats have warned Trump against trying to pardon individuals caught up in the investigation.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said it is “imperative” after Monday’s charges and with the investigation still ongoing that Congress move to protect the “independence of the special counsel.”
Warner said, “Members of Congress … must also make clear to the president that issuing pardons to any of his associates or to himself would be unacceptable, and result in immediate, bipartisan action by Congress.”
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein stated that she will “continue to support Bob Mueller as he follows the facts — his independence must remain sacrosanct.”
Feinstein continued, “I’m also more convinced than ever that both the Judiciary Committee and Intelligence Committee must continue their oversight investigations. Congress must get to the bottom of possible obstruction of justice and collusion as well as Russia’s interference with our democratic institutions,” Feinstein added.
In addition to Mueller’s investigation, several congressional panels, including the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, are investigating Russia’s election interference.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is doubling down on her months-long push to create an independent, bipartisan panel to lead an investigation into the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
“Even with an accelerating Special Counsel investigation inside the Justice Department, and investigations inside the Republican Congress, we still need an outside, fully independent investigation to expose Russia’s meddling in our election and the involvement of Trump officials,” she said in a short statement.
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