GOP turns fury on Schiff over Russian collusion claims
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 26, 2019,
Mar 26, 2019, 8:36
What if there is no evidence of collusion? "More than circumstantial." A scandal of a size "beyond Watergate".
Trump spoke shortly after the Justice Department released a letter saying special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Trump's business, his charity and presidential transition operation remain under investigation, said Senator Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
White House aides say Trump has not been briefed on the outcome of Mueller's investigation, a probe that has clouded nearly the entirety of his 26-month presidency.
Hours before Barr's announcement, Trump repeated his accusation that the entire investigation was a hoax and questioned Mueller's credentials for investigating him.
"There are a lot of people out there that have done some very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country, " Trump said Monday in the Oval Office, without elaborating.
He went to his golf club on Saturday and Sunday but was uncharacteristically silent about Friday's conclusion of the Mueller probe. Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts just before Trump took office with Russia's then-ambassador to Washington. They insisted that even the summary by the president's attorney general hardly put him in the clear.
Mueller defined coordination as an "agreement - tacit or express - between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government on election interference". "We've always said this is a broad web of criminality that has been going on before Mr. Trump became president, during his inauguration, and after he became president". Schiff said later that the Russian Federation investigation is "a size and scope probably beyond Watergate".
This comes in the wake of a memo that Murtaugh on behalf of the Trump campaign is circulating to top television producers at major networks casting doubt on several top Democrats' credibility, including that of Nadler and Schiff-who Pelosi handpicked to lead the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, respectively. But many Democrats say Trump should not be immune from a public accounting of his behaviour.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, declared "the case is closed".
The White House, like lawmakers on Capitol Hill, has yet to see the full account by the special counsel.
"It was a mistake to rely on written responses by the president", Schiff said, because those yield answers framed more by lawyers than by Trump.
There was no sign of that happening. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) should vacate his seat for spreading lies about the president.
"Because Bob Mueller already ran the fair and the full investigation and any partisan and politicized investigation from here on in will never have the credibility of the Mueller investigation and the credibility of Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, what they did here", she continued.
Barr wrote that Mueller did not find collusion.
FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.
"What matters is that prosecutors and agents faithfully carried out their jobs to uncover the relevant facts and applied law and policy to those facts", he said. The resolution also could deflate the hopes of Democrats in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail that incriminating findings from Mueller would hobble the president's agenda and re-election bid.
Whatever the report concludes, Democrats vowed to pursue investigations on a wide range of issues involving Trump, from his business dealings to hush-money payments.
"Now it seems like they now think that this is not going to be the bombshell they thought it was going to be. There's no more rocks to be overturned".