Yesterday, CNN broke the news that Robert Mueller‘s investigation is handing down one or more indictments and arrests may come as early as Monday.
Trump has been trying to deflect attention and focus once again on Hillary Clinton. (Why this now? Two words; Mueller. Indictments.)
As The Washington Post is reporting, BLOTUS and Republicans in Congress are demanding new scrutiny of Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, try to jeopardize investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election just as the probes are closing in on Trump’s inner circle.
In the span of a week, House and Senate Republican leaders announced two investigations into Obama-era decisions involving a uranium deal that increased Russia’s share of the U.S. nuclear market — and another into how the FBI handled Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Trump has cheered on the new Republican-driven investigations, which have resurrected some of the president’s most-favored jabs against Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Asked about the uranium deal Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said:
“I can tell you that we do think that there’s a lot of cause for concern regarding that deal, and we certainly think it should be looked into.”
She denied, however, that the White House is trying to steer the congressional investigations away from Russian meddling.
“The president wants to see this completed,” she said. “There’s still no evidence of collusion between the president and anyone. . . . If any collusion took place, it would be between the DNC and the Clintons. And I think we’re starting to now see that all of the things that the Democrats had accused this president doing, they were actually guilty of themselves.”
Naturally, Democrats are crying foul, pointing out that the investigations are a blatant strategy to distract attention from the investigations into Trump’s alleged Kremlin ties, and suggesting the White House may be (IS!) working actively to assist the GOP’s efforts.
Trump tweeted the same day Mueller’s charges were coming down that Clinton helped secure a favorable ruling on the uranium deal in exchange for Russian contributions to her family foundation.
The White House official denied Friday that Trump had done anything inappropriate. He was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue but said,
“Are we directing it? No. Are we welcoming it? Yes.”
Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are partnering to examine the FBI’s handling of Clinton’s email probe. They announced their investigation in the same hour as Nunes told the news media about his uranium probe.
The Oversight Committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), said in a statement this week.
“Apparently, if President Trump says ‘jump,’ House Republicans say ‘how high’? And if he says ‘heel,’ they stand down from conducting serious, credible oversight.”
As both sides press forward with their new probes, political battlefronts are forming along party lines.
(Photo, YouTube; via Washington Post)