Trump Tries To Shift Attention Away From Russia Probe

05 August, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Trump says ties with Russia at 'all-time low,' blames Congress

In his speech in West Virginia, a state he won by over 40 points last November, Trump repeated his assertion that the investigation is motivated by sour grapes on the part of Democrats frustrated over his victory.

Analysts say that Mueller's use of a grand jury shows that he is taking control of the investigation. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director made headlines earlier in the day when it was revealed that he had impaneled a new grand jury to lead the probe.

Furthermore, the fact that Trump appears to have committed obstruction of justice, firing the director of the FBI for investigating Russia and counseling his son to lie about his meeting with a Russian lawyer, would put him and his inner circle in legal jeopardy regardless of whether his involvement with Russia was illegal.

"Congress must uphold its duty to defend the Constitution and investigate President Trumps financial dealings", he said.

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"Inside the White House, it's not just the potential legal jeopardy that has officials concerned; it's how President Trump might react to news that his and his family's finances are under investigation - and the political and legal consequences that could ensue from a Trump backlash against the news", said The Daily Beast.

In a special statement the Department of Justice said he would supervise the investigation of Moscow's alleged influence on the election process in the United States and claims about contacts Trump's election team had with Russian Federation.

"People in Congress are obviously a little nervous that, you know, Trump may take matters into his own hands".

The grand jury will assess the validity of accusations brought forward by a prosecutor, and decide whether enough evidence exists to charge a person with a crime.

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Congressman Jimmy Gomez said the reports of Mueller impanelling a grand jury demonstrates that there are serious questions about foreign adversaries trying to gain influence through the financial interests of the U.S. president, his family members, and other associates.

A lawyer for President Trump, Jay Sekulow, appeared to downplay the significance of a grand jury, telling Fox News: "This is not an unusual move". "What the prosecutors should be looking at are Hillary Clinton's 33-thousand deleted emails", declared President Donald Trump. They are denying the American people who put him here. Meanwhile, senators have introduced bipartisan bills aimed at protecting Mueller from being fired by President Donald Trump. "The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mueller", he said.

Having spent many years in law enforcement, a lot of them as a prosecutor, I can attest that criminal investigators are presumptuous. How will Trump react to the grand jury? They're hanging on to one cause for optimism: the appointment of John Kelly as White House chief of staff, which several GOP senators said they hope will calm the chaos on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. "Last night I believe he called it a fabrication".

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