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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stonewalling or obstruction of justice?

A Politico article this morning by Heather Caygle introduces the notion that the Republican-controlled Congress is "stonewalling." against calls for investigating President Donald Trump on various charges and allegations that include:

  • Emolument Clause Constitutional violation of conflicts of interest
  • Involvement with Russians during the campaign and up to assuming office

The subsequent staffing of the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Trump precludes his leading the investigation as he has a conflict of interest.

FBI Director James Comey has a sorted history now known to everyone in how he handled the Hillary Clinton information during the campaign and that should cause him to recuse from leadership as well.

Pro-Trump Republicans lead both chambers of Congress, and their bias is apparent in how they choose not to pursue apparently egregious violations by President Donald Trump.

For the rule of law to override these political barriers, independent investigations are required as described by Politico.
"WILL REPUBLICANS INVESTIGATE TRUMP? Democrats' amped-up calls for an independent investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia are being summarily dismissed by Republican leaders. Instead, Republicans say, any investigation into Trump associates' frequent contact with the Kremlin during the campaign and Michael Flynn's secret sanctions talk will be wrapped into a larger probe into Russia's meddling in the U.S. election. "I can tell you there is absolutely not going to be [a select committee]," House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said in an interview, accusing Democrats of playing politics, Bres and Rachael report. 
But Democratic leaders say the issue should transcend politics. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer even called for two independent investigations: one by Congress and the other by the executive branch, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself. "They're stonewalling this," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday of GOP leaders' refusal to back an independent probe. "The American people deserve better." 

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