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Trump Pressured Top Republicans to End Senate Intel Committee Russia Probe

Friday, December 01, 2017 By Chris Sosa, AlterNet | Report
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Donald Trump speaks about the Republican tax plan at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on November 29, 2017. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)Donald Trump speaks about the Republican tax plan at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on November 29, 2017. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)
 

A startling Thursday night report from the New York Times outlines how President Donald Trump tried to pressure top Republican lawmakers in the US Senate to end the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia.

"It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’" Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee’s chairman, said to the Times.

Trump reportedly called Burr's congressional colleagues to secure assistance in pushing Burr to end the investigation. The president also urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to "swiftly" bring the probe to an end.

An unnamed Republican lawmaker says Trump called him to suggest he investigate Hillary Clinton and her ties to Fusion GPS, which had a role in compiling the dossier on Trump.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah said Trump  "at no point has attempted to apply undue influence on committee members."

But Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a former chairwoman of the intelligence committee, said Trump's behavior is a breach of the separation of powers.

"It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation," she said.

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Chris Sosa

Chris Sosa is the lead staff writer at Care2. He's worked in journalism, politics and advocacy for the past decade. His primary passions are animal rights and ethical living. When Chris isn't trying to save the world, he can be found rocking out at metal shows across the East Coast.

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Trump Pressured Top Republicans to End Senate Intel Committee Russia Probe

Friday, December 01, 2017 By Chris Sosa, AlterNet | Report
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Donald Trump speaks about the Republican tax plan at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on November 29, 2017. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)Donald Trump speaks about the Republican tax plan at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on November 29, 2017. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)
 

A startling Thursday night report from the New York Times outlines how President Donald Trump tried to pressure top Republican lawmakers in the US Senate to end the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia.

"It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’" Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee’s chairman, said to the Times.

Trump reportedly called Burr's congressional colleagues to secure assistance in pushing Burr to end the investigation. The president also urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) to "swiftly" bring the probe to an end.

An unnamed Republican lawmaker says Trump called him to suggest he investigate Hillary Clinton and her ties to Fusion GPS, which had a role in compiling the dossier on Trump.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah said Trump  "at no point has attempted to apply undue influence on committee members."

But Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a former chairwoman of the intelligence committee, said Trump's behavior is a breach of the separation of powers.

"It is pressure that should never be brought to bear by an official when the legislative branch is in the process of an investigation," she said.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Chris Sosa

Chris Sosa is the lead staff writer at Care2. He's worked in journalism, politics and advocacy for the past decade. His primary passions are animal rights and ethical living. When Chris isn't trying to save the world, he can be found rocking out at metal shows across the East Coast.