Democratic Leadership Considers Adding Mueller Protections to Year-End Spending Bill
The resignation of Jeff Sessions and subsequent appointment of Matthew Whitaker has put Robert Mueller’s Russia probe in jeopardy. Democrats, who lack control of the Senate, are looking for ways to protect the investigation.
The New York Times reports that Democratic Senators are looking into tacking Mueller protections into the next spending bill. The year-end spending bills require Democratic authority to be passed.
The idea to use their authority in this way apparently came up during a conference call concerning Matthew Whitaker’s appointment. The call, “was led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as well as other senior House Democrats: Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD).”
Matthew Whitaker is not expected to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. His appointment is being further scrutinized as more of his comments concerning the probe were revealed yesterday.
On his Twitter account, Scott Dworkin revealed previous audio of the new acting Attorney General discussing Russia. Whitaker says, “The left is trying to sow this theory that essentially Russians interfered with the US election. Which has been proven false. They did not have any impact in the election, that is clear from Obama Admin.”
Whitaker’s conclusion, of course, has not been the conclusion of US Intelligence. The Department of Justice, CIA and FBI have all said that Russia clearly interfered with the election. The total impact of this meddling is hard to quantify.
Adam Schiff, who will become the new head of the House Intelligence Committee, says Democrats will protect the investigation. He said in an interview, “We will be scrutinizing any action taken to impede the Mueller investigation — and for the new acting attorney general, he needs to understand that we will keep an eye on any action that he or others might take to interfere with the administration of justice.”