I don't want Republicans to shut down Russian Federation investigations

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Capitol Hill in June.

President Donald Trump appeared to call for an end to the investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, urging Republicans to "take control" in a tweet Wednesday morning.

"House Republicans have chosen to put President Trump ahead of our national interests", a group of six Democratic committee ranking members wrote to Ryan this week, suggesting he and other GOP leaders "have blocked, stonewalled, and rejected our basic requests to investigate, hold public hearings, and advance legislation" related to Russian meddling in the 2016 USA elections. " ... House Republicans have chosen to put President Trump ahead of our national interests". In a tweet on Wednesday (10 January), Trump urged Republicans to "finally take control" of the investigation.

"I just want them to be tough, be strong", Trump said in the interview.

"The American people deserve the opportunity", Feinstein said, to learn more about the explosive document that Trump and Republican lawmakers have disparaged as fiction.

"Their [Republicans'] goal, it seems, is to discredit the investigation so that, ultimately, they can discredit any findings that are detrimental to their party or their president", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. Here are four flash points.

On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Calif., went around committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to publish the transcript of a 10-hour, closed-door interview in August with Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, the research firm behind a now-famous dossier detailing Trump's alleged Russian Federation ties.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview over the objections of the committee's Republican chairman, Iowa Sen. So it raised the question in Washington: Why publicly call Steele a liar without backing it up?

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is also investigating the Russian meddling, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "To stop the investigation - but if not stop it, at least demean its credibility before charges are brought".

A week after the letter was sent, Sen.

In the transcript, Fusion GPS co-founder Glen Simpson said Christopher Steele uncovered "alarming" evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's team and informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of his findings. For them, the criminal referral of Steele - who approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2016 over concerns Trump could be blackmailed or compromised, Simpson told the committee - was "a breaking point", according to one congressional aide.

The Russia probe got its start with a drunken conversation, an ex-spy, WikiLeaks and a distracted Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Their logic requires one to believe the dossier is the reason the FBI is investigating Trump, which we're learning may not be true.

In a conversation with reporters at the White House in December, Trump said he was going "to rebuild the FBI" after the controversy, which he described as "really, really disgraceful".

George Papadopoulos, left, in November 2016.

Schiff said one of Trump's daughters - Ivanka - could provide valuable information to the investigation, but he said the GOP has yet to back efforts to request an interview with her. Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, one of several Republicans leading the intelligence committee probe, has said it's time for the investigation to wind down.

Did the FBI go too easy in its investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state? Democrats have been disputing this, saying there is much work remaining to determine whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the election on Trump's behalf or whether Trump colluded.

Strzok was removed from Mueller's team after the special counsel learned about the messages last summer. Later that year, however, Flynn pleaded guilty and said he would cooperate with Mueller.

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