The top Democrat in the House Select Intelligence Committee said on CBS’s Face The Nation aired on Sunday that his committee will be meeting with President Trump’s brother in law Jared Kushner this week and certainly want to know about several of the meetings that were alleged to have taken place with Russians.
House Rep. Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, explained on CBS that his intelligence committee wants to know more about the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had with several Russians, including the head of the VEB bank, a sanctioned Russian bank, as well as the alleged conversation he had with the Russian ambassador about setting up a secret back channel to Russia.
Rep. Schiff said President Trump is worried that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who remains in charge of the Russian probe, will be looking into allegations that the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organization and could have used it over President Trump’s head to influence U.S. policy.
“It’s something plainly the president is very concerned about but clearly within the scope of Bob Mueller’s investigation” Rep. Schiff said.
President Trump told the New York Times during a July 19th interview that he believed it would be a violation if Special Counsel Robert Mueller looked into his finances.
The Trump administration has denied allegations involving past ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, although during the past couple of weeks more details have emerged about the June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian attorney who has close ties with the Kremlin.
The meeting was intended to gather incriminating information about Hillary Clinton that was obtained from the Russian attorney.
White House Spins News About Russian Probe
White House Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders continues to shift attention away from media coverage of the Russian probe which she called “Russia fever” on ABC’s This Week aired on Sunday and insisted it is a “made-up story about the president” trying to…. take away the legitimacy of his victory in November.
Spokeswoman Sanders said that we need to focus instead on the leaks that have emerged from government officials.
The Trump administration remains critical of media outlets that report about the Russian probe and often call it “fake news” and a “witch hunt.”
Although President Trump would like to move away from the headlines about his campaign’s ties with Russia, he continues to tweet often about Russia and creates fresh talking points for media outlets to cover new stories.
On Sunday President Trump repeated his usual lines about a phony Russian witch hunt.
“As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2017
On July 22nd President Trump tweeted about Russia again when he tweeted about Clinton’s past ties to Russia.
“…What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.”
…What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
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