Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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.

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.

In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

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"It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,'" Mr. Burr said. He said he replied to Mr. Trump that "when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish."

In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who is a former chair of the intelligence committee, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump's requests were "inappropriate" and represented a breach of the separation of powers.

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Mr. Burr told other senators that Mr. Trump had stressed that it was time to "move on" from the Russia issue, using that language repeatedly, according to people who spoke with Mr. Burr over the summer. One Republican close to Mr. Burr, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Mr. Trump had been "very forceful."

Asked why Mr. Trump is so irritated with the investigation, Mr. Burr said: "In his world it hampers his ability to project the strength he needs to convey on foreign policy."

Mr. Burr said Mr. Trump was not fully aware of the impropriety of his request because the president still has the mind-set of a businessman rather than a politician. "Businessmen are paid to skip things that they think they can skip and get away with," he said.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-30 09:44 PM | Reply

If the Republican Party we're an American party Trump would be toast.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-30 09:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Mr. Trump often vented to his own aides and even declared his innocence to virtual strangers he came across on his New Jersey golf course."

Sure, because that's a normal thing to do.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-30 11:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

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