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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Warner on Robert Mueller  CSPAN  December 21, 2017 12:02am-12:17am EST

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nation. >> sunday at 4:30 p.m. eastern, former members of congress of vietnam war veterans reflect on lessons learned and ignored. >> we've learned the limits of military power, we learned as a society culture that you can't kill an idea with the bullet. >> senator mark warner, vice chair came to the senate floor to the russian interference in the 2016 election. mott he said robert mueller must be able to continue his investigation without interference from the white house. this is ten minutes. >> arrives today concerned about
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the threats of the special counsel's critical investigation of russian interference in the election. the last several weeks a growing course of irresponsible and reckless voices have called for president trump to said tone the investigation. have first, these calls came from the fringes of our political discourse, those who would refuse to put our country and security for base political instincts. earlier many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle were right to push back on these misdirected calls and urge the special counsel to his job without interference. however, in recent weeks those voices seem to be growing.
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just this weekend one major news organization suggested special counsel mueller could be involved in a coup against the president. one senior advisor at the white house has no alleged that it was -- against donald trump at the beginning. the statements are reckless and inappropriate and extremely worrying. they are at odds with the president's own lawyers who pledged to cooperate beyond being a responsible, the coordinated nature of these claims should alarm us all. particularly since in recent days these accusations have been repeated by several members of the house of representatives. i believe it's up to every member of this institution, republican or democrat to make
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it clear not ambiguous statement that any attempt by this president to remove special counsel mueller from his position, or pardon key witnesses in any effort to shield them for accountability or shut down the investigation would be a gross abuse of power and flagrant violation of executive branch responsibilities. these are redlines and simply cannot allow them to be crossed. let's remember why special counsel mueller was a pointed in the first place and why it remains critical he be permitted to finish his job without obstruction. recall last spring, we were reeling from a series of confounding actions by this
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president. beginning with the firing of fbi director. he was fired just two months after publicly reveal the ongoing investigation of the trump campaign and after several attempts by this president to improperly influence structure comey. try to put yourself in those dangerous days. doctor, his dismissal was met with confusion and widespread condemnation. we need to stabilize in action. we needed certainty that the facts would be found and brought to light. regardless of what they were. eight days after mr. comey's firing trump appointee and rod rosenstein appointed robert
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mueller to oversee the investigation into any length or coordination between the government and individuals associated with campaign of donald trump. and, any matters that arose may arise directly from the investigation. his appointment reassured americans there be a full law-enforcement investigation. the announcement was met with support on both sides of the aisle and received nearly universal praise. in fact, many of the same people were attacking him praise mr. mueller's appointment just months ago. there is much to praise, the fact is robert mueller has
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impeccable credentials as a man of the law. he assembled the team that includes some of the best investigators and is leading the investigation with the professionalism it deserves. is a dedicated vietnam war veteran a lifelong republican, pointed to his current role by rod rosenstein, also a republican. all of the major players, former director comey, ray rosenstein and jeff sessions are all republicans. the charges that somehow democratic political bias has crept into this investigation are baseless given the makeup of the leadership team. in recent weeks much as been made about the cold opinions expressed by an fbi agent last year.
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this conveniently ignores the fact that as soon as mr. mueller learned about these comments he immediately removed that agent in question from the investigation. if anything this adds to his credibility as a fair and independent investigator. i stand here is a vice-chairman of the intelligence committee. we are in the middle of our own investigation and i'm proud of the way chairman burn our committee have taken on this very difficult task. we've made tremendous progress uncovering the facts of russian interference in the elections. the committee's work helped exposed the dark underbelly. we have looked at the full
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accounting to target our state electoral systems. and despite the initial denials of any russian context or the election, the committee's efforts help uncover numerous in trouble high-level engagements between the trump campaign and russian affiliates. many of which have only been revealed in recent months. we have a lot of work to do. our committee has gone out of its way to ensure bipartisan backing. committed to seeing the effort through. however, it should be clear that our committee cannot and will not stand as a substitute for mr. mueller's investigation. as noted on numerous occasions, the fbi is responsible for determining criminal activities
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related to this inquiry. as such, he is already moved to indict to individuals and has had two additional guilty pleas. this is a path reserved solely for law-enforcement. it is essential to be permitted to go on. the country remains severely divided on the question of the last election. however the national security threat facing us today should demand that we rise above partisan differences. the matter the political divide, surely each of us should want to know the truth of what happened during last year's election and no doubt we want to know that as quickly as possible.
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the president has called this a witch hunt. he has done much to discredit the intelligence committee unanimous assessment of washington interference in the election. the failure of the white house to lead an approach to prevent this in the future either by the russians or some other adversary defies understanding. the president's refusal to accept the communities assessment and blatant disregard to make sure that russia never info traits has been unnerving and cause for concern. in recent days the president said he's not considering removing special counsel mueller. his track record as a source of
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concern for most of my colleagues believe he would not fire jim, either. a mr. mueller any other involved in this investigation would not only call upon looking at the truth but it also has the potential to provoke a constitutional crisis. in the united states of america no one is above the law, not even the president. congress must make clear that firing the special counselor interfering with the investigation by issuing pardons is unacceptable and what have immediate and significant consequences. i help my concerns are unfounded.
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in many ways i hope i would never have to make the speech. but it is critical that all of us, as elected officials and as citizens speak up against these threats now before it is too late. thank you. with that, you'll the floor. >> tomorrow, mark water will sit down with mike allen. we will have live coverage. >> sunday night on afterwards, astronaut scott kelly recalls his wages into space. his interviewed by charles bolden. >> yours was the third servicing mission, having been a part of that mission talk about what you
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