The Justice Department’s appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Russia investigation elicited bipartisan praise on Capitol Hill Wednesday, but is by itself unlikely to ease the tension that has gripped lawmakers for more than a week after a series of dramatic disclosures related to President Trump and Russia.
By CASEY TOLAN | Bay Area News Group
WASHINGTON — As controversy roiled the Capitol over the latest damaging reports about the Trump administration, House Democrats launched a procedural fight Wednesday to create an independent commission into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Representative Al Green (D-Texas) has called for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Donald Trump. His speech on the House Floor came as a group of Democrats distanced themselves from calls for impeachment.
“I rise today with a heavy heart,” Green began. “I rise today with a sense of responsibility and duty to the people who have elected me, a sense of duty to this country, a sense of duty to the Constitution of the United States of America. I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to call for the impeachment of the president of the United States of America for obstruction of justice.”Read more
A story Monday in the Washington Post claimed that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week.
According to the Post, quoting a government official, the information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.Read more
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Next we're going to hear from California Democrat Eric Swalwell. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also the House judiciary committee. Welcome to the program.
ERIC SWALWELL: Thanks for having me back.
CORNISH: So leading Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer says, quote, I now have significantly greater confidence that the FBI investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead. Does this move by the FBI to name a special counsel, specifically Robert Mueller, do the same for you?Read more
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Elsewhere in the program, we'll hear from a House Republican who's urging calm while waiting for more of those details. Be sure to listen for that conversation with Congressman James Comer. Right now we're going to welcome California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell. He serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also the House judiciary committee. He joins us from his office on Capitol Hill. Welcome to the program.Read more
WASHINGTON — House Democrats had no concerns about President Barack Obama offering to share intelligence about Syria with Russia last June because that decision “was made as a product of consultation between the president and the intelligence community,” a top Democrat said Wednesday.Read more
By REBECCA SHABAD | CBS NEWS
House Democrats have begun circulating a discharge petition that would force a vote on legislation that would create a 12-member bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
"Our colleagues are upstairs on the House floor signing a discharge petition, calling on Congress to establish an independent commission," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-New York, at a press conference Wednesday.Read more
President Donald Trump's ties to Russia are damaging to national security, according to Rep. Eric Swalwell.
"What concerns me is that the cost of this president's ties to Russia is becoming our national security. And that's a price that we just cannot afford to pay," Swalwell, D-Calif., said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."Read more
Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday the cost of President Trump’s relationship with Russia is one “we just cannot afford to pay.”
“The cost of this president ties to Russia is becoming our national security and that’s a price that we just cannot afford to pay,” the California Democrat said on CNN.
Mr. Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Americans may not understand the details of his committee’s investigation into Russia regarding the 2016 election, but sharing classified information is much easier for people to understand.Read more