The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), warned Congress that the rumors of the pending firing of special counsel Robert Mueller would be a “gross abuse of power.” He urged Congress to be mindful of the issues. The Senator also told colleagues that if President Donald Trump took that route they should respond with “significant consequences.”
Warner’s Speech Was From The Heart
Warner, in a passionate speech on the Senate floor, stated:
“Any attempt by this President to remove special counsel Mueller from his position or to pardon key witnesses in any effort to shield them from accountability or shut down the investigation would be a gross abuse of power and a flagrant violation of executive branch responsibilities and authorities. These truly are red lines and simply cannot allow them to be crossed.
Congress must make clear to the President that firing the special counsel or interfering with his investigation by issuing pardons of essential witnesses is unacceptable and would have immediate and significant consequences.”
White House Response As Expected – Deny, Deny, Deny
In response, White House special counsel Ty Cobb, stated again that Trump has no intention of firing Mueller. Trump promises not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security too.
What are his promises really worth? Cobb stated to CNN:
“If the media is going to continue to ask for responses to every absurd and baseless rumor, attention-seeking partisans will continue to spread them. For five months or more, the White House has persistently and emphatically stated there is no consideration of firing the special counsel, and the White House willingly affirms yet again, as it has every day this week, there is no consideration being given to the termination of the special counsel.”
Who Is Fueling The Fire?
Speaking of that, it would seem that Republicans are equally guilty of taking baseless rumors and running with them. Much of the current turmoil surrounding Mueller and the entire investigation stems from the fact that Mueller discovered one of his people posting anti-Trump missives in text messages.
Mueller immediately removed FBI agent Peter Strzok from the investigative team. A butthurt Trump claims that Mueller’s whole team is compromised because of that one person. Brown-nosing Republicans in Congress are trying to win more brownie points by pursuing Mueller and his team. In the real world, Mueller would have been commended for seeing a problem and taking immediate corrective action. Alas, Republicans have not lived in the real world for quite some time.
Trump continues to moan that Mueller’s team obtained emails numbering in the tens of thousands. Warner reminds his peers that congressional probes by committees are not a replacement for the investigation:
“It should be very clear that our committee cannot and will not stand as a substitute for Mr. Mueller’s investigation.”
And the battle rages on. While Democrats continue to urge their colleagues to protect the special counsel from the president, Trump continues to rail against the entire investigation. Guilty people always seem to complain the most.
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