NYT: Trump Pressed Republicans To End Russia Probe As Evidence Of Obstruction Piles Up
According to a new bombshell report by The New York Times, President Donald Trump has “repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election” as Robert Mueller’s case for obstruction of justice gets stronger by the minute.
As reported by The Times:
Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.
“It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Mr. Burr said. He said he replied to Mr. Trump that “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”
In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.
“It is a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides,” the Times notes.
Trump’s incessant request proves that he has no regard for the separation of powers or the rule of law. His efforts to thwart an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia only raise more questions about what he has to hide.
“It is a pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation,” said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to the report.
You can read the entire report here.
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