RNC Chair Calls For End To Russia Probe


Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, has called for a halt to the investigations into alleged collaboration between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign team.

McDaniel made the comments in an interview with CNN's "New Day" June 13.

She began by pointing to the length of the inquiry.

"Why is this continuing? Why is this going almost a year?" she asked, according to CNN.

She was challenged by host Alisyn Camerota, who argued the inquiry was still under way. Camerota pointed out that special investigator Robert Mueller was only recently appointed to his post and added that a poll showed a majority of Americans thought the Russia investigation was important.

"Isn't it time to put an end to it? If nobody can say there is definitive evidence, shouldn't we take that shadow off the White House and let the American people know there has been no evidence of collusion at all?" responded McDaniel.

McDaniel suggested that Democrats were pursuing a deliberate strategy of blocking the Trump administration's legislative program by dragging out the probe.

Democrats plan to "draw out, obstruct, play out the clock so that we can get to 2018 with this doubt over the White House," she alleged.

Others believe the inquiry has a long way to go. Speculation circulated June 12 that Trump may be considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller, a move which Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said would be "the last straw," according to the Independent.

"I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator," added Schiff, who is the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May. Comey's firing triggered accusations that Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice because the FBI director was heading up the agency's Russia probe.

Calls for Mueller's removal have grown after Comey confirmed in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee June 8 that Trump is not under investigation.

"Why do we need a special counsel now?" tweeted conservative commentator Ann Coulter, according to the BBC.

A close friend of Trump alleged the president is considering removing Mueller, but the White House responded that Trump never discussed the matter with him.

Trump ally Newt Gingrich urged the president to "rethink" Mueller's role.

Trump does not have the authority to dismiss Mueller. He would have to ask Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to take such a step.

Sources: CNN, Independent, BBC / Photo credit: The White House/Wikimedia Commons

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