US – GOP pushes President Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar



Senate Republicans hope replacing Matthew Whitaker will calm the firestorm over Trump’s attacks on the special counsel.

John Cornyn: “If we had some confidence that there is somebody nominated that would be confirmed in a reasonable period of time, to me it seems like it would relieve a lot of the controversy,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

“If we had some confidence that there is somebody nominated that would be confirmed in a reasonable period of time, to me it seems like it would relieve a lot of the controversy,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

BURGESS EVERETT and ELIANA JOHNSON, POLITICO|AIWA! NO!|Senate Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to quickly nominate a permanent attorney general, hoping a new top law enforcement officer will blunt bipartisan concern over the future of special counsel Robert Mueller and boost the GOP ahead of tough government funding talks.

Even after Trump’s latest attack on Mueller in a flurry of tweets Thursday, most Republicans argue the president will not fire Mueller or derail his investigation because the political consequences would be too great.

But they said that naming an attorney general nominee as soon as possible — specifically one who would vow to preserve the Russia probe — would go a long way in halting legislative momentum to protect Mueller and Democratic messaging that acting attorney general Matt Whitaker will undermine the investigation.

“If we had some confidence that there is somebody nominated that would be confirmed in a reasonable period of time, to me it seems like it would relieve a lot of the controversy,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, who predicted that Whitaker, who was openly critical of the Mueller probe before Trump tapped him for the job, is “not going to be there long.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Trump’s pick would have to assure lawmakers on both sides of the aisle that Mueller would be able to continue unimpeded.

“It would be helpful to start moving … so we can have that person in place as soon as possible,” Lankford said. “Whoever is going to be there would have to make clear statements about what they intend to do on the special counsel. The sooner the better. Let’s get it resolved.”

The White House is working to find a broadly acceptable pick for the job. The president’s legal team has reached out to former attorney general Bill Barr to gauge his interest in the position, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Barr, a veteran of the George H.W. Bush administration, didn’t say no, but he did tell the president’s lawyers he’d prefer they look at other options.

CNN’s Toobin says Trump is begging for impeachment: ‘If Mueller gets fired they will find it impossible to stop’

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|AIWA! NO!|A CNN panel on Thursday said that President Donald Trump is clearly executing a plot to shut down special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — but they warned he could be courting trouble for doing so now that Democrats have subpoena power.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va, 2017.
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Panelist John Avlon laid out how Trump not only fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but replaced him with a hardcore loyalist who has in the past mused about ending the Mueller probe by slashing its budget so it cannot effectively conduct its investigation.

“Whitaker’s only credibility and criteria is that he is a hard partisan who has been accused of being a back channel — and some say spy — to the White House from the Justice Department,” he said, in reference to new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. “And he has written and spoken out several times — repeatedly, in fact — about the Mueller probe and retweeting an article that called it a ‘lynch mob’… the fix is in on that front.”

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin then said that incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders absolutely do not want to impeach Trump at this time, in no small part because there is no chance of him being convicted by a Republican Senate.

However, he said that moving to get rid of Mueller in such a brazen matter was practically begging Democrats to start impeachment hearings.

“If Robert Mueller gets fired, they will find it impossible to stop the impeachment in the House of Representatives,” he said.

Watch the video below.

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United States -Former CIA Director Panetta: “Mueller Is Very Close To Making A Case For Obstruction of Justice Against President Trump

 

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Panetta: Mueller Is ‘Very Close to Making a Case for Obstruction of Justice’ Against Trump

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former CIA director Leon Panetta said special counsel Robert Mueller was “getting very close to making a case for obstruction of justice” against President Donald Trump.

Partial transcript as follows:

RADDATZ: You mentioned the Mueller investigation and Rudy Giuliani told The Daily Beast this week that Trump’s legal team is preparing a counter report to question Mueller’s legitimacy. Do you have concerns that the Trump team can undermine this investigation even before it’s finished?

PANETTA: Well, you know Bob Mueller is focusing on several things right now. Obviously he’s going after individuals and he’s gone after Russians that were involved in coming after our election system. They’re getting very close to making a case for obstruction of justice not only by the steps that were taken in terms of the president demeaning and attacking a witch hunt, but also the fact that Rudy Giuliani himself has said that the whole purpose of their effort is to undermine the credibility of the special counsel. And then when you add to that the dismissal of those that were involved in the investigation, I think you begin to piece together the kind of case that could form around an obstruction of justice trial. So I think they have to be very careful to use this tactic of trying to undermine the special counsel and the special prosecutor because I think that could backfire

U.S. Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal: “No way on earth (or elsewhere) do I believe Robert Mueller gave Giuliani a “deadline” of Sept 1 (or any date). Good prosecutors simply don’t set arbitrary deadlines, which Giuliani knows well.”

No way on earth (or elsewhere) do I believe Robert Mueller gave Giuliani a “deadline” of Sept 1 (or any date). Good prosecutors simply don’t set arbitrary deadlines, which Giuliani knows well.”

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“Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law,” Blumenthal tweeted Monday morning. “This issue isn’t about me — it’s about the Special Counsel’s independence and integrity.”//(AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
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Giuliani: “Mueller told us he’d wrap up Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1”

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bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA ~~ Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller gave him the deadline of Sept. 1 to end his probe into possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

“September 1 was the date that Bob Mueller gave me back two months ago … When we were talking about getting his report done, he threw out the date September 1 as a reasonable date to get it done,” Giuliani said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I thought he [Mueller] meant, well that’ll keep us clear of the election. And they did say something like they didn’t want to repeat some of the mistakes that [former FBI director James] Comey made,” he continued. Comey has been slammed by the Justice Department and Democrats for showing poor judgment during the 2016 election, particularly for his decision to announce that the FBI was renewing its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server while secretary of State just days before the presidential election.

“Maybe I put those things together or Jay did, and we came away with the idea that they’re trying to get it done by then.”