Coons optimistic on DACA solution, legislation protecting Russian Federation probe

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 1, 2018

On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that he was willing to be interrogated under oath by Mueller. And Mueller had been interviewed to return as Federal Bureau of Investigation director the day before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named him special counsel, which may be news to Mueller.

"We're not going to say it's fake news and move on", Graham said of the recent reports.

The fears surfaced after Trump told reporters last week that he would be willing to speak under oath to Mueller, who is investigating allegations of collusion with Russian Federation.

He said if Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who hired Mueller, he'd back legislation to protect the special counsel from getting the axe. A bill similar to Graham's proposal is co-sponsored by Sens.

This has, again, focused attention on the effort by Democrats and a few Republicans who are proposing legislation to bar the president from dismissing the prosecutor, who is an executive-branch subordinate.

Democrats think such action is essential to keep the president from blocking the investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election.

In a July 2017 interview with the New York Times, Trump lashed out at his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, which led to the appointment of a special counsel.

"I've got legislation protecting Mr. Mueller, and I'd be glad to pass it tomorrow", Graham told ABC's This Week program.

The utter passivity of Congress, the nothing-alarming-here tone of much of the news coverage even in mainstream media, the quietude of the legal community and the refusal of respectable conservatives to drop the "but Gorsuch ..." defense of Trump and to stand up for the same principles of constitutional governance that they wielded against the prior administration mean there is no obvious break on the Trump-Nunes train. A president, through a surrogate in the Justice Department, need only the cite the authority in the law to fire a special counsel, rather than have to justify it. She added that it would be in the best interest of the president to avoid bringing up the investigation discussion at all.

"I'm not aware the president ever intimated he wanted to fire Robert Mueller", legislative director Marc Short said on Fox News Sunday. The FBI director repeatedly told the president that he himself wasn't under investigation. "He feels like there's been millions of dollars of taxpayers' dollars spent and no evidence yet of collusion". "The White House continues to cooperate in every manner, providing any document the special counsel has asked for".

Trump erupted in anger while traveling to Davos after learning that Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd warned that it would be "extraordinarily reckless" to release a classified memo written by House Republican staffers.

"I believe it's something that Mueller should look at", Graham said. The memo's primary contention is that F.B.I. and Justice Department officials failed to adequately explain to an intelligence court judge in initially seeking a warrant for surveillance of Mr. Page that they were relying in part on research by an investigator, Christopher Steele, that had been financed by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Some lawmakers said the memo's review instead should be done by impartial third parties "outside of the Republican-led Congress".

The source who spoke to Axios said: "Trump doesn't deal in reality". Impressing on Trump the need to leave Mueller alone could be invaluable. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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