Republican amendment seeks to de-fund Special Counsel’s Russia investigation
Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis (Florida) proposed an amendment that would choke off funding for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election.
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to fund activities pursuant to Department of Justice order 3915-2017, dated May 17, 2017 and relating to the appointment of a special counsel, later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, or for the investigation under that order of matters occurring before June 2015”, according to the amendment filed with the House Rules Committee.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a week after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia.
(Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation after he failed to disclose his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his Senate confirmation process. In an interview with the New York Times in July, Trump said “Sessions should never have recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.” )
In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June, Comey said Trump demanded a “loyalty” pledge and attempted to “create some sort of patronage relationship”. Comey also testified that Trump tried to pressure the FBI to drop its counter-intelligence and criminal investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials in 2016. Flynn resigned in February.
Trump admitted in an interview with NBC News that he fired Comey because of “this Russia thing with Trump”.