Manchin Dismisses Reported Trump Effort to Fire Mueller: 'That's New York Talk'

Tuesday, 30 Jan, 2018

President Donald Trump, his White House and some of his Republican allies on Capitol Hill have repeatedly sought to undermine Robert Mueller's investigation ever since he was named special counsel in May. Creating legislation has the potential to muddle the legitimacy of the investigation and make it more partisan.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes continued to be a powerful force in the House's Russian Federation investigation, despite his promise that he stepped aside as the head of the probe as he came under scrutiny himself from the House Ethics Committee.

Nunes has reportedly denied Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr's (R-N.C.) staff access to a classified memo detailing allegations of government surveillance abuse that is tied to the ongoing Russian Federation election meddling investigation, reported Wednesday.

"We are actively working with the USA government on its ongoing investigations into Russian interference..."

Which leads to his memo.

However, the Justice Department is against releasing the memo, saying it has not be given the opportunity to review any of its conclusions.

Thus, if Mueller does believe the president has violated the law, he would collect this evidence in his report at the end of the investigation.

The House Intelligence Committee is poised to vote on the memo's release as early as Monday evening.

An impeachment trial for President Trump isn't in the cards, David Leonhardt concedes at The New York Times - Republicans have shown "zero interest" and Democrats have no power and "need to focus on retaking Congress". "I have questions about others within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the DOJ", ticking off a list of issues that have been brought up about the Mueller investigative team, including anti-Trump texts between two former members. It cites the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe for their roles in overseeing aspects of the investigation, according to a source briefed on the matter. Second, the White House counsel very likely made a legal judgment (not simply a political one) in refusing to help Trump fire Mueller. And now it has become clear that Trump's own White House counsel rebelled at the President's rationale for his actions.

Amid media reports that Mr Mueller was looking into a possible obstruction case, Mr Trump argued at the time the special counsel could not be fair. How is that NY talk?

"That's NY talk", he said Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press". "On top of that, members of the Trump campaign and members of the Trump administration knew about Russia's meddling and welcomed offers of assistance". On Sunday she was questioned about both the Russian investigation, the immigration debate and other current issues.

Strzok was reassigned from the probe after he was found to have sent anti-Trump text messages. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would require an extensive judicial process to remove a special counsel. If the Senate moderates leave Trump, it's over.