Trump tried to push GOP senators on Russia-related bills

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All he ever cares about is himself — and Russia. Via Politico:

President Donald Trump privately vented his frustration over Russia-related matters with at least two other Republican senators this month, according to people familiar with the conversations — in addition to the president’s public admonishments of Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Jeff Flake.

Trump expressed frustration over a bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia and tried to convince Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that it wasn’t good policy, according to three people familiar with the call. Trump argued that the legislation was unconstitutional and said it would damage his presidency. Corker was unrelenting, these people said, and told Trump the bill was going to pass both houses with bipartisan support.

[…] Trump dialed up Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Aug. 7, two days before a blunt call with the Senate majority leader that spilled over into a public feud. Tillis is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill designed to protect Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating the president’s Russia connections, from any attempt by Trump to fire him.

The Mueller bill came up during the Tillis-Trump conversation, according to a source briefed on the call — the latest signal of the president’s impatience with GOP senators’ increasing declarations of independence from his White House. Trump was unhappy with the legislation and didn’t want it to pass, one person familiar with the call said.

3 Responses to Trump tried to push GOP senators on Russia-related bills

  1. Imhotep August 24, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Hard-assing the Russian’s, which seems to be the only response that the neo-liberal Democrats will pursue, is short-sighted, dangerous and down-right stupid.

    Cutting off your nose to spite your face seems like a very dumb strategy.

  2. Doug in Oakland August 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    Fergus may not be smart enough to know that the obstruction of justice statutes are the same for congressional committees as they are for DOJ/criminal cases, so yelling at McConnell about not protecting him sufficiently from the senate’s Russia investigation was, in fact, obstruction of justice.

  3. Lless August 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    “Me thinks thou dost protest over much!”

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