In a recent interview, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) said that late last year Congress received “extraordinarily important new documents” regarding its investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign’s possible collusion with the 2016 Russian election hacking. Just as people were starting to wonder whether Mueller’s investigation might be winding down, this revelation has reportedly opened up significant new lines of inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe of President Trump.
Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told POLITICO’s The Global Politico that, “We’ve had new information that raises more questions.” Senator Warner Warner also foretells of a “coordinated” attack by the president and his “zealots” in the House of Representatives to undermine the legitimacy of the investigations against Trump. Warner says this includes the president’s threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and other clandestine intimidation tactics. He speaks of a Republican memo alleging “shocking” FBI surveillance abuse against Trump that Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (CA) has recently threatened to release.
“Warner calls out Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, in arguably more explicit terms than any Democrat has yet, saying he has read the underlying classified material used in the memo and that Nunes misrepresented it as part of a McCarthyite “secret Star Chamber” effort to discredit the FBI probe of the president.”
It has become clear that focus on Mueller’s job security is paramount. With the Trump administration’s level of panic, it’s clear they fear this investigation will be the nadir of his presidency. We can expect increasingly desperate moves by Republicans as they come to terms with the fact that — not only is the Russia investigation not going away, but it is expanding in new directions.
The real question now is what the Republicans will do next.