On Friday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) sat down with KQED Newsroom to lament the Republicans’ so-called effort to “shut down,” Capitol Hill’s Russia investigation.
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When asked why there are no witnesses scheduled for the probe in January, Speier replied, “well, we can read between the lines, I think there is a rush to try and shut this committee investigation down.”
“This week was a great example, three interviews simultaneously, one of them actually off the Hill with someone who comes to Washington frequently but wanted to do it now and so we were actually off the Hill doing the interview, had to race back to vote….this is a circus at this point,” added Speier.
Speier then went on to claim Presient Trump wants all Russia investigations to be “shut down.”
The California lawmaker then told KQED Newsroom that, “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on December 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire…Robert Mueller.”
Mueller’s probe is facing extraordinary public relations headwinds following reports the special counsel’s office removed an FBI agent who expressed anti-Trump views.
This week, Fox News published a portion of the approximately 10,000 texts messages sent between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page. Among the messages is an exchange revealing Strzok and Page discussed an ‘insurance policy,’ against a Trump presidency.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team will meet with President Trump’s legal team “as soon as next week,” reports CNN.
Trump’s lawyers are finding one other hopeful sign: The special counsel has asked the White House for a limited scope of documents related to the President directly, largely having to do with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, two of the sources familiar with the matter told CNN. That could indicate limited interest in Trump himself, the lawyers believe.