A former Democratic lawmaker said President Donald Trump had abused his power by trying to control the FBI.
The president denied Wednesday that he had attempted to obstruct justice in the Russia probe, but he also said that “fighting back” against the FBI investigation was not obstruction.
“I don’t think this president gets it,” former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman told MSNBC’s Katie Tur. “Doesn’t get it about the rule of law, he doesn’t have an FBI that is protecting his back. He has an FBI that’s standing up for justice for everyone. If he’s fighting back against the FBI, that’s an abuse of power of his office — he doesn’t have a right to do that.”
Holtzman, who represented New York’s 16th congressional district from 1973 to 1981, said the president had improperly injected partisan politics into law enforcement through by trying to corrupt the Justice Department.
“Well, of course it’s a big deal,” Holtzman said. “I had somebody working for me when I was (district attorney), my chief of staff. I’m a democrat, he worked for a Republican governor. I never knew, and I don’t know to this day, what his politics are. Because if we start to have Republican and Democratic law enforcement, then we’re down the road to becoming a banana republic.”
Holtzman wrote a law, which expired in 1999, after the Watergate scandal to allow the appointment of an independent counsel by an appeals court, and she gained notoriety as a freshman congresswoman during the Nixon impeachment hearings.
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Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf ‘insecurity’ — but doesn’t mention Trump by name
President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will present a peace plan, after its arch-foe Washington ordered reinforcements to the tense region.
"Foreign forces can cause problems and insecurity for our people and for our region," Rouhani said before a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war.
Rouhani also said Iran would present a peace plan to the United Nations within days.
"In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them," he said.
Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against "terrorism," vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans.
The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an unusual joint appearance inside a football stadium in Houston.
To the bhangra beats of four drummers in saffron turbans, Trump in his dark suit and Modi in a yellow kurta and vest made a grand entrance with arms clenched together to ecstatic cheers from a crowd estimated by organizers at 50,000.