News Digest – May 22, 2017

It’s all witch hunt, all the time, this week. Here’s your weekly news digest:

“[T]he single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Wednesday appointed former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as the special counsel overseeing the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Senator Cardin praised the choice as “solid” and Senator Van Hollen agreed it was “the right decision.”  But both senators are still calling for Congress to set up a non-partisan, “9/11-style” commission.

Meanwhile, congressional committees are racing to get the first crack at fired FBI director James Comey

On Thursday, Trump said former senator Joe Lieberman was his top pick to replace Comey.  Whoever Trump nominates will need the Senate’s confirmation.

Meanwhile, ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn hasn’t responded to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee in its probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump/Russia/Impeachment/Witch hunt

Representative Cummings (MD-7):

  • Republicans would have impeached Clinton by now.
  • NYT article is a smoking gun
  • Not ready to call for impeachment yet
  • Leads petition effort to establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election and whether associates of President Donald Trump cooperated with that effort.
  • GOPis stalling Trump probe
  • Praises Mueller as special counsel pick
  • Pence is either guilty or running a sloppy shop
  • Cummings to press: “This is your moment … We cannot afford to lose this one”
  • Demands immediate release of Trump’s Comey tapes

Representative Ruppersberger (MD-2):

  • “no question” this situation calls for a special prosecutor.
  • Approves of Mueller as choice for special prosecutor
  • Ruppersberger Joins Effort to Force House Vote on Independent Trump-Russia Commission

Representative Sarbanes (MD-3):

  • On Trump’s decision to fire Comey (as well as attempts to repeal the ACA)
  • Statement on attack on protesters outside Turkish Embassy
  • Call for investigation into Comey firing and disclosure of classified info to Russia

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