Bit by bit the GOP is slowing dividing over members of Trump’s inner circle during the presidential campaign making illegal contact with Russia. Also being discussed is if there should be a special prosecutor appointed instead of Attorney General Sessions to investigate all the allegations that are rushing throughout the internet.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY
Corey Lewandowski was on “Fox News Sunday” and he has all the confidence in Sessions – but Sessions is a former Alabama senator and Trump supporter. Plus Corey Lewandowski was one of the several campaign managers Trump ran with. In my opinion, neither of these two are non-bias.
“If he wants to investigate this under the Department of Justice, that’s his prerogative to do so,” Lewandowski said. “I have the utmost confidence in Attorney General Sessions. If he believes there is something there, he will investigate that. I think he is completely capable and competent to do so. … and I would leave it in his hands to do so.” See – this is not a non-bias statement.
REP. DARRELL ISSA
Lewandowski’s comments were followed by California Rep. Darrell Issa telling HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday that neither Sessions nor a deputy, who would both be Trump appointees, should handle such a probe. Yes, this is going to be a very interesting investigation.
Sunday, Rep. Issa, who is not only a Trump supporter but former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the Fox News audiences that Trump is “a president whom I trust,” but that a special prosecutor should handle the probe so Americans can feel assured. Probably the most true statement of the Sunday Political Shows.
U.S. Intelligence committee have already made the conclusion that Russia did meddle in the 2016 White House race, where Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton whose campaign was targeted with email hacking and leaks by WikiLeaks.
President Trump has always denied any connection to President Putin although he only says nice things about the Russia president and former KBG member. (Yes, of course I added these as everyone should know all the details). Putin is a former KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring in 1991 to enter politics in Saint Petersburg.
Lewandowski on Sunday also denied having any contact with any Russian officials or any knowledge of anyone on the campaign doing so. But he did not say anything about anyone in contact with WikiLeaks.
Former national security adviser Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn acknowledged having a phone conversation with Russia before becoming Trump’s adviser. However, he was forced to resign a few weeks ago for not telling Vice President Pence about the call. I have also read in some articles where this is written as “not telling Pence the truth about the call.”
DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (this person has just been appointed as Deputy Press Secretary and she is Mike Huckabee’s daughter) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that discussions about Sessions or a special prosecutor wouldn’t be appropriate until congressional committees complete their investigations.
Also on Sunday, Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton, a Trump supporter and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, admonished against instantaneous calls for a special prosecutor.
“I think that’s way, way getting ahead of ourselves,” Cotton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “There are no allegations of any crime occurring. There’s not even an indication that there’s criminal investigations under way by the FBI.” Others have written that the FBI does have investigations going on – in fact, supposedly someone from Trump’s inner circle has asked the FBI to drop any investigation about Trump and Russia.
So that is most of what happened in the world of politics on Sunday 2/16.