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Senator Accuses Trump, GOP Of Trying To Stop Russian Probe

President Trump and congressional Republicans are “destabilizing the rule of law” when they criticize the federal investigation of the 2016 election, according to a Democratic senator.

The Hill reported that during a CNN interview on Tuesday, Delaware’s Chris Coons accused some GOP lawmakers in the House of Representatives of “making increasingly baseless attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

He warned that “this is not just demoralizing to federal law enforcement, but destabilizing to the rule of law to have folks in office trying to assist the president in his ongoing effort to undermine this investigation.”

Coons sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of several congressional panels that have been holding hearings regarding allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal probe, has come under fire from the White House and Capitol Hill.

Trump calls the investigation a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” pushed by Democrats who are unhappy that Hillary Clinton lost, even though the government began looking into the matter before the election.

The president continues to deny there was any conspiracy with Russian operatives to help him win. In a recent interview with The New York Times, he repeated the phrase “no collusion” 15 times in about 30 minutes.

On Tuesday, Trump told his Twitter followers that a “deep state” of Democratic sympathizers is running the Justice Department and the FBI. He has called on the agencies to reopen their investigations of Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state, her fundraising efforts on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and other alleged wrongdoing.

The president also wants a federal inquiry concerning Huma Abedin, Clinton’s longtime aide. Several weeks before the election, FBI agents discovered sensitive government information on a laptop computer used by Anthony Weiner, Abedin’s estranged husband, who lost his seat in Congress following the revelation that he had sent sexually explicit images to an underage girl.

Abedin reportedly forwarded the documents to Weiner, and asked him to print them out for Clinton to read. Trump claims the aide should face charges for having risked leaking classified information, an offense he committed when he gave a top-secret report about ISIS that Israel spies compiled to Russia’s foreign minister and the Kremlin’s ambassador to the United States.

Trump recently declared that the FBI’s reputation is in “tatters” as a result of its failure to uncover sufficient evidence to prosecute Clinton.

Former bureau chief James Comey, whom the president fired in May, announced during the 2016 campaign that although the former secretary of state had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information, he would not recommend that the Justice Department file criminal charges against her.

Comey rocked the Clinton campaign several weeks before the election when he disclosed that the FBI had reopened the email probe. In her book, “What Happened,” the former Democratic presidential nominee wrote that Comey was partly responsible for her defeat at the polls.

Source: The Hill
Photo: MSNBC, Wikimedia Commons, Donald Trump/Twitter

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