Susan Collins rebukes President Trump’s tweet, Senate Intel releases spy transcripts, Senate...

Susan Collins rebukes President Trump’s tweet, Senate Intel releases spy transcripts, Senate recess

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, (©2018 Doug Christian)
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, (©2018 Doug Christian)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

August 2, 2018

  • Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, calls President Donald Trump’s tweet calling on Jeff Sessions to fire Robert Mueller quote “right now” as “entirely inappropriate and intemperate”. She adds that “the only person who could fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein who is bound by Justice department guidances.”
  • In other news, the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee agrees to release a transcript of the eight-hour testimony of accused Russian agent, Maria Butina, to the Department of Justice and her attorneys. Butina testified before the panel behind closed doors earlier this year about Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.
    • Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman and vice chairman of the intelligence committee, issues a statement saying that,
    • “In response to requests from the Department of Justice and counsel for Maria Butina, we have sought authorization from the Senate to release to both parties the transcript of Ms. Butina’s testimony before the Committee.”
  • Looking forward, following House members, who left Washington, DC last week, the Senate heads out for a truncated recess until August 15, and a number of judicial nominations and spending bills that will have to wait until senators return.
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