President Donald Trump directly appeals to the majority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, in his pressure for Congress to more aggressively investigate the origins of the 2016 investigation into Russia.
Trump’s plea to McConnell (R-Ky.) Comes after Senate Judge Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) quickly dismissed Trump’s calls for the panel to summon former President Barack Obama for testimony on the FBI’s handling of the investigation into the former national security. Councilor Michael Flynn.
“Mitch, I love you, but it’s 100% true,” the president tweeted Saturday morning in response to a pro-Trump commentator urging McConnell to more fully embrace their push to prosecute Trump’s predecessor and former officials. Obama administration.
“Hurry up. Be hard and move quickly, otherwise it will be too late. The Dems are vicious, but got caught, “added Trump, who said without proof that Obama had done wrong. “They MUST pay a high price for what they have done to our country. Don’t let them get away! ”
In a separate tweet, Trump wrote: “Republicans must play by the same rules, or die!”
A spokesperson for McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
McConnell was cautious when investigating the origins of the Russia investigation. Most Republicans have refused to adopt Trump’s stance, instead of relying on US Attorney John Durham, who Attorney General William Barr used to examine the origins of the investigation, with a particular focus on aspects of counterintelligence.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, for example, McConnell said the public deserves to know more about the original investigation into Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 but saw his criminal case dropped. by the Ministry of Justice earlier this month. But, like Graham, McConnell refused to support an effort to call Obama to the Senate, relying on the chairman of the judicial committee.
Graham said his panel would begin holding hearings next month on the Flynn affair, which has become a rallying cry for Trump and his allies as they allege that the president and his associates have been unjustly targeted by previous administration. The hearings will also deal with allegations of abuse of the foreign intelligence surveillance law that were documented by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice last year, said Graham.
But he warned that the search for Obama’s testimony would set a dangerous precedent – and he tacitly warned Trump that he too could face similar efforts in the years to come if the committee attacked Obama.
“I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for,” Graham told POLITICO. “Just be careful what you want.”
Trump’s position contradicts that of his own Justice Department, which has consistently argued that former presidents and their advisers were immune from congressional testimony. Yet Trump has been increasingly vocal in his efforts to punish the former officials who launched and continued the countless investigations that have trapped him and his associates, and his re-election campaign has amplified these messages.
The president dubbed the controversy “Obamagate”, a term his supporters adopted. And earlier this week, Republican senators released a list of former Obama administration officials who may have been involved in efforts that “unmasked” Flynn’s name from intelligence interceptions. The list included former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democrat candidate for 2020, although Republicans have admitted that being on the list does not mean wrongdoing.