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  Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Special Prosecutor to Lead Russia Probe  CSPAN  March 7, 2017 12:41am-12:55am EST

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the presiding officer: without objection. mr. schumer: well, mr. president, i rise this afternoon on a few matters. first, russia. on the continuing investigation into russian interference in our election and the ties between the trump campaign, transition team and russia. the events of this weekend, which included another troubling, baseless tweet from the president, highlight and in fact strengthen the argument for
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a special prosecutor to conduct the investigation. and the american people agree. a cnn/orc poll this morning showed that about two-thirds of americans think a special americans think a special . >> mr. president i rise on a few matters.ep first cover rush up. with a continuing repub investigation of interference into reelection and the thais to tween the trump campaign in the transition team the eventsts of this weekend which included another tweak from the president highlight ands strengthen the argument for a special prosecutor to conduct the investigation. the american people agree. who won poll this morning shows that two-thirds of americans think a special prosecutor should conduct the investigation. sixty-seven% of the independence and 43 percent
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of the republicans. the trend lines just these t numbers will continue to grow. so my colleagues should understand of what is the right thing to do with the strong impartial investigation is where the american people want them to go. special they disagree with president trump and want a thorough and impartial investigation. even 43 percent of republicans. they are right. is special prosecutor is the best way to venture -- ensure that the investigation proceeds. first the department of justice guidelines set up for this purpose, specialey counsel is not subject to date today's supervision by the attorney general or anyone else at the justice
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department. the special prosecutor has much greater latitude who can subpoena, what questions to ask for conduct the investigation.erfere. second, the prosecutor can only be removed for good cause not to quash investigation. he is protected if they areli moving forward on the investigation. third, a built-in congressional oversight. congress is notified when the special counsel is appointed or move toward finished with the investigation and last the special counsel has the independence to prosecute not only the subject of the investigation but the one that attempts to interfere. this is the right way to go.enai i will quote jeff sessions.
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be a proper response when the subject matter is public tenderizes and a highly charged political atmospherer is for the attorney general to appoint a special deals all to assure the public it is handled about partisanship. if there was ever a case that did exactly what then senator now attorney-general sessions called for, "this is it." mr. president, this week the senate judiciary committee will serve as the deputy attorney general and during that hearing he should name a special prosecutor to look into the trump campaign to the tightest into russia. the reputation as a fair man
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, a career prosecutor nowto that the attorney generalre has recused himself pending confirmation will have the duty to oppose a special prosecutor. if he won't tv day good reason it is hard to see one right now. whether or not mr. rosas i will appoint a special prosecutor is front and center at the judiciary committee hearing and far and away the most important question to answer if pending, permission mr. rosenstein refuses to appointees specials prosecutor congress should revise the independent counsel law. also, mr. president, we should be certain investigation has not been interfered with us are.
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i sent a letter to the his department of justice to was urging him to open an immediate investigation to determine if anyone hasig interfered with this investigation up until now attempting to influence the direction but the attorney general should have recused itself one day number-one i asked him to do would almost three weeks ago on february 14. if he or anyone else has meddled in this investigation in any way. we those misleading statements only at suspicion to the attorney-general sessions has been in charge of thisis investigation over three weeks we need to know if he did anything to hinder the investigation because it is absolutely critical be
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protected the integrity of this investigation to ensure that it is completely independent going forward and nothing has already occurred that could compromise. but the inspector general can take this investigation on his own and i would urge him to do so. second is the travel ban the recently -- recently issuedof a ban on refugees and now that we have the details it is clear while did ministrations has made minor changes it has done nothing to be terribly misguided to address the core concerns of the night the circuit courts of appeals that ruled the original order was unconstitutional. moreover, we know the
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administration delayed the announcement and implementation so president trump could vast in the aftermath of his joint address. that should be all the proof needed the executive orderin has everything to do with optics nothing to do with national security purpose of that was as date emission not have been delayed the single day. there is very little that is new about the executive order it is barely a fresh coat of paint on the same car that does not drive. is still a travel ban, a refugee ban, makes us less safe according to republicans like senator mccain and attempts to call innocent refugees into a scapegoat and does not dohe the things that would make us safer like going after
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the loan wolf in the visa waiver program. the executive order is misguided and mean-spiritedit and goes against whatar america is all about that except san and cherishes immigrants i fully expect that the president's new executive order has the same uphill climb that the previous version had.erican finally on the affordable care act my republican friends have repeated the mantra of repeal and replace but it turns out during those seven years they'd never came up with a coherent plan to replace the affordable care act. all slogans and no policy know they're scrambling toto come up with something. the problem is every draft
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every detail or list of principles we have seen is tied together by one common thread to raise the cost of the average americans to cut back on benefits average americans under the republican plan will pay more and get less.eek, no wonder they hide the plan somewhere in the basement even as they are scheduling markups they don't want folks to see it until the last minute. rushes through. i don't blame them it will be very hard for republicanstt to be proud of this plant vat hurts average americansd raising their cost to take away benefits. it is the height of hypocrisy to be hiding his plea in colleagues complainhe
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bitterly week after week or month after month not having enough time to be the affordable care act so wet my friend distinguished majority leader said americans want us to slow down a congress puts its foot off the accelerator. few americans want to know what this bill will mean for them in congress will not let them read that before the vote to affect women the most significant aspects of our lives of americans have concerns about what they're hearing and told to shut up and sit down take the healthnd care redo view.essant -- we give you. by keeping this under a lotn t and key of the week before voting, the republicans are engaging in the enormous hypocrisy exactly what the
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leader complaint about only a few years ago.d i their mantra in past years was read the bill now they will bite even but us glance added. wire they hiding it?t? they're not very proud of it. with the excessive campaign promises.d the the american people ought to know how republicans plan to drastically reshape the health care policy. i suspect it will raise costs and cut benefits in far fewer americans will get coverage and with the american companies back in charge so those representatives after 70 long years ought to know the
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true face of replace. i yield the floor in note the absence of a quorum.