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The Senate is expected to approve the Justice Department’s request for a full Senate ethics investigation into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Sheldon WhitehousesHouseTrump Jr., Kushner, Flynn testify about meeting with Russian lawyerThe Senate Judiciary panel is expected later Monday to approve White House counsel Donald McGahn’s request to interview former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
McGahn has been trying to interview Flynn since last week, but the White House has rejected his request, saying it is a matter for the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced in a statement Monday that he has asked his staff to investigate Flynn’s possible role in the 2016 election, after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made public remarks suggesting Flynn was not aware of the meeting with the Russian lawyer.
“If this is the truth, the American people deserve to know,” Schumer said.
“The White House’s public statement was misleading, misleading, and it clearly failed to disclose the meeting that Flynn and the Russian were discussing.”
Schumer said he had also asked McGahn to provide evidence of the White’s contacts with the WhiteHouse, the White, the Trump family and the campaign.
Schumer’s request was met with swift resistance from Trump, who called Schumer’s comments a “phony witch hunt” and said he was “saddened” to see his political opponent “take the time” to call him out.
Schultz said that if he received evidence of Trump’s contacts, it would be a matter of days before the Senate would act.
The Senate will now begin a lengthy process that could lead to a special prosecutor, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N