Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said in a recent interview that late last year Congress received “extraordinarily important new documents” regarding the investigation of President Donald Trump and the alegations that his campaign may have colluded with Russian on the 2016 election hacking.
Just as people were starting to wonder whether Mueller’s investigation might be winding down, this revelation has reportedly opened up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of President Trump.
Senator Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO’s The Global Politico that, “We’ve had new information that raises more questions.” Warner Warner also warns of a “coordinated” attack by the president and his “zealots” in the House of Representatives to undermine the legitimacy of the investigations against Trump. Warner says this includes the president’s threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and other clandestine intimidation tactics.
Mark Warner foretold of the Republican memo alleging “shocking” FBI surveillance “abuse” against Trump that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (CA) was determined to have released.
“Warner calls out Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in arguably more explicit terms than any Democrat has yet, saying he has read the underlying classified material used in the memo and that Nunes misrepresented it as part of a McCarthyite “secret Star Chamber” effort to discredit the FBI probe of the president.”
It has become clear that focus on Mueller’s job security is paramount. With the Trump administration’s level of panic, they obviously fear this investigation will be the nadir of his presidency. We can expect increasingly desperate moves by Republicans as they come to terms with the fact that — not only is the Russia investigation not going away, but it is expanding in new directions.
After President Trump’s hot mic moment in which he is overheard saying that he’s “100 percent” going to release Nunes’s memo, despite insistence by the committee that the version the president was sent is not even the version they voted on — and also despite dire warnings by both the FBI and the DOJ.
How much more desperate will the Republicans get? What will they do next?