We feel this statement from a Republican Backbencher from CA is quite important,. As far as we can tell, this is the first in the House to call for a special prosecutor.
Rep. Knight’s Statement on Russia
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Washington, DC, May 16, 2017 | 0 comments
Representative Knight made the following statement regarding the Russian allegations:
“It is time for an investigation of Russia’s intervention in the U.S. Election. There is too much at stake at home and abroad to not take this step. There is so much conflicting information from many sources; Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth. As stated before, I continue to support any efforts done by the House Intelligence Committee and join many of my colleagues in supporting the assignment of a special prosecutor to take over the ongoing FBI investigation.”
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And here is the link to the letter.
May 16, 2017 (San Diego) We now have reports from multiple media, broken first by the New York Times, that James Comey has contemporaneous memos about his conversations with President Donald Trump.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
This seems to be the clearest evidence that Trump wanted to influence the investigation. It might even be obstruction of justice.
Reactions from Democrats are coming fast and furious. Among them, Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-D-12) posted this on Twitter.
However, Republicans have yet to publically come out on this. This, once again, has many parallels to the Watergate era, and we are still getting more drips. These are starting to look more like streams of information.
In the meantime, the White House released this statement regarding the contemporaneous memo that former FBI Director Comey documented.
While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn. The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.
There a critical detail on this. The statement was released on background, meaning none took responsibility for it from the communications office. This is rather telling from a White House that is in full disarray.
We are at a historic turning point in the country’s history. As we wrote last week, this is not unlike Watergate. It could very well lead to impeachment. However, this is important. The White House and the Hill were in different parties in 1972. Today they are in hands of the Republican Party. This could prove to be a critical difference. So how long until Republican members of the House decide that this could place their jobs at risk?
There is more. The White House burned quite a bit of credibility starting on day one with arguments about how large the crowd size was. In normal times credibility is needed. These are not normal times.
There is more. Just because crisis keeps on coming. In the morning the President confirmed the news that he gave intelligence information to the Russians. We now know that the country that originated that intelligence was Israel. The president may have very well put a strategic alliance at risk.
How fast these crises are coming makes it almost impossible to keep up.