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Trump Tries To Put Pressure On In An Effort To Stop The Russia Probe, Fails Miserably

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It’s getting more and more obvious that President Donald Trump has obstructed justice. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey after he did not follow Trump’s directive to stop the probe, but according to The New York Times, Trump himself pressured top Senate Republicans, including chairman of the Intelligence Committee Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Intelligence Committee member Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), to end the investigation swiftly.

“President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides,” wrote Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns for The New York Times. “Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.”

On her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow spoke to former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance and explained to her audience the severity of the allegations against Trump and how important this is for the nation. Vance conceded that Trump’s request to the senators was “potentially obstruction of justice,” and that if the President decided to feign ignorance to the fact that it is a huge conflict as president to pressure officials to end investigations and sway them in his favor as his defense, it obviously has some weakness.

In response, the White House issued a statement trying to explain away the new information and pass off Trump’s innocence in the affair.

“The White House has been cooperative with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s inquiry and the President at no point has attempted to apply undue influence on committee members. He has reiterated what he has long said publicly: there is no evidence of collusion and these investigations must come to a fair and appropriate completion,” said the statement.

You know what, good luck to the people who are actually working in the White House having to write these bogus statements from the president, they probably need an endless coffee supply and a two-pound jug of Advil. How does one write a statement so contrary to everything happening in the political sphere right now, pretending that none of the recent reveals of collusion exist? They exist, the president was in on it, and it is being made more and more obvious.


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