Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Thursday led a group of 171 Democrats in condemnation of right-wing attempts to smear special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“We have decided we will not stand by and allow Fox News and right-wing Republicans to defy the rule of law and create their own rules to interfere with a legitimate investigation under the Constitution of the United States,” Waters said during her #ProtectMueller press conference.
“We will be vigorously working to deny the brazen attempts to destroy special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation,” the California congresswoman continued.
In a letter addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed by the large cadre of congressional Democrats, Waters implored the Justice Department to go further in ensuring Mueller and his team “be allowed to continue his investigation – unfettered by political influence or threats to his authority.”
Waters noted in the letter that when Mueller was first appointed, Republican leadership were tacitly in favor of him leading the investigation.
“I don’t think many people are saying Mueller is a biased partisan,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told the Washington Examiner in July 2017. “He’s really, sort of, anything but.”
“Despite Special Counsel Mueller’s record of integrity,” the letter continued, “the right-wing media, some Republican Members of Congress and Donald Trump, himself, have attempted to advance a false narrative that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation is biased, and some have advocated for Mr. Mueller’s removal.”
Watch Waters’ press conference with leading congressional Democrats below.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) December 21, 2017
Trump has an ‘invulnerable reality distortion field’ — that makes Republicans defend the indefensible: GOP strategist
Republicans are put in a difficult position by President Donald Trump's refusal to accept reality, a top GOP strategist explained on MSNBC on Monday.
Anchor Kasie Hunt played a clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempting to defend Trump's public statements that he could accept foreign election interference in hopes of being re-elected in 2020 despite his lousy poll numbers.
GOP strategist Michael Steel offered his analysis of the situation facing Republicans.
"This is the hardest thing for every surrogate of President Trump and every Congressional Republican to deal with," Steel explained. "His position is wrong. His position is indefensible. His position, even when he cleaned it up, wasn’t really right."
Ex-DOJ lawyer explains how Trump is engaged in a cover-up — and it has nothing to do with Russia
On Monday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," former White House attorney and law professor Neal Katyal walked anchor Ari Melber through the egregious ways President Donald Trump has abused executive privilege — and is covering up more than just the Russia scandal.
"Executive privilege is this concept, Ari, that goes all the way back to the founding, the idea that presidents should have some zone of secrecy around them, to have confidential deliberations and decision making," said Katyal. "I've been in two different administrations and I would say particularly President Obama was really careful to make sure that he wouldn't invoke executive privilege unless absolutely necessary. He only invoked it once in eight years, even though many years he had Congress opposed to him in terms of being from the opposite party."
Ex-Ambassador to Russia explains how Putin will exploit the divisions between Trump and his advisors
The former U.S. ambassador to Russia explained how Vladimir Putin will exploit the divisions between President Donald Trump and his advisors.
"A double bombshell in reporting from The New York Times this weekend about the president and his relationship with Russian president Putin," anchor Kasie Hunt said.
"First, The Times reports that the U.S. is escalating online attacks on Russia’s power grid in an effort, 'partly as a warning and partly to be poised to conduct cyber strikes if a major conflict broke out between Washington and Moscow.' But that’s not all," she noted. "The second bombshell in that report that officials are worried about briefing the president."