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’s anti-worker labor nominee is more like the ‘Secretary of Corporate Interests’
Progressive groups and Democratic lawmakers expressed serious concerns Thursday about corporate attorney Eugene Scalia — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department — as the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee met to consider his nomination.
"Instead of nominating a Secretary of Labor, President Trump has nominated a Secretary of Corporate Interests," declared Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member. "If there's one consistent pattern in Mr. Scalia's long career, it's hostility to the very workers he would be charged with protecting, and the very laws he would be charged with enforcing if he were confirmed."
Here are the specific charges Trump could face if the whistleblower report reaches prosecutors
The exploding Ukrainian whistleblower scandal could once again throw President Donald Trump into legal turmoil, wrote former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade for The Daily Beast on Saturday.
Specifically, she argued, prosecutors could theoretically charge the president under federal bribery and extortion laws, based on the facts laid out by recent reporting.
"The facts here still need to be fleshed out, but the gist is easy enough to understand," wrote McQuade. "Trump allegedly has demanded that Ukraine launch an investigation into Biden if it wants to receive the military aid that has already been promised. If true, this conduct would be a classic abuse of power that is considered criminal when committed by a public official."
There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US
Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.
I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as climate change, and how activism motivates others to take action. A new study I worked on suggests that large rallies, such as this youth-led Climate Strike, could be influencing public opinion.