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tv   Senate Majority Leader Mc Connell and Minority Leader Schumer on FBI...  CSPAN  May 10, 2017 8:44pm-8:56pm EDT

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, ithe beginning of the book put a tongue-in-cheek list of economic rules of the dysfunctional health-care market. as au think of health care business proposition that the market will solve coming you get to -- solved, you get to crazy places. a lifetime of treatment is preferable to a cure. i'm not saying that anyone really thinks that, but that is where market forces put you right now. >> watch afterward sunday night. former fbi director james comey has been invited to testify at a closed senate intelligence session next tuesday. the invitation came from the chair of the committee and ranking democrat senator mark warner of virginia.
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majoritywith senate leader mitch mcconnell and minority leader chuck schumer. one final matter , whatever people think of the matter in which director comey had in the investigation of hillary clinton -- yes mishandling of classified information, it is clear what our democrat colleagues thought of it at that time and consistently thereafter. last year, the democratic leaders said it appealed to be that goesng act, one against the tradition of prosecutors at every level of government. the democratic leader when asked if he should course.eplied " of yes. it is also clear what they think
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evaluated mr.who comey's conduct and said the bureau needed a change in leadership. the democratic leader a few weeks ago praised mr. rosenstein for his independence and said he had developed a reputation. our democratic colleagues are complaining about the removal of an fbi director who them -- they themselves sharply criticized. they repeatedly praised. he recommended mr. comey's removal for many reasons.
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two investigations are currently ongoing. the senate intelligence committees review of russian active measures and intelligence activities and the fbi investigation disclosed by director comey. no doubt hear new calls for investigation, which will only serve to impede the current work being done to not only discover what the russians to lete done, but also the national security community develop countermeasures to see that it does not occur again. partisan called to not delay the .onsiderable work too much is at stake. rosenstein was just confirmed on a bipartisan vote 94 to six.
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that sort of consideration should continue when the senate receives a director nominee. as i said yesterday, once the senate receives a nomination to fill this position we will look forward to a timely confirmation process. that isa critical role particularly important as our country continues to face serious threat at home and abroad. sen. schumer: yesterday, the president fired director of the is leadingmey, who an active investigation into the trump campaign's collusion with russia. he provided no reason for the firing other than he had the recommendation of his attorney general, who was -- has already
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had to recuse himself from the russian investigation for being too close to the president and his deputy attorney general. mr. president, there is little reason to think that mr. rosenstein's letter is the true reason president trump fired director comey. why? because if the administration truly had objections to the way director comey handled the clinton investigation, they would have had them the minute he got into office. he did not fire director comey then. the question is, why did it happen last night russian mark we know director comey was leading an investigation and whether the trump campaign the russians, a offense. were those investigations getting too close to home for the president question mark the doves -- the president?
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now administration has removed several law enforcement officials in a position to conduct independent investigations of the president and his administration. what should happen now, what should happen now, is that mr. rosenstein appoints a special prosecutor to oversee this investigation. deputy internal -- attorney general rosenstein promised to appoint a special prosecutor at the appropriate time. "i am willing to appoint a special counsel when i determined it is appropriate." would you believe it is essential for the democracy and law enforcement system that any investigation into these matters
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be fair, free, and thoroughly independent? he answered yes. time whenas ever a circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now. expressedtein already concern that director comey and -- damaged the integrity of the fbi. the attorney general has already had to recuse himself from the investigation for being too close to the president. if mr. rosenstein is true to his word that he believes this fairtigation must be free, , and thoroughly independent the american people must be able to have faith in the impartiality of this investigation. appoint a special prosecutor and get his investigation out of the hands of the fbi, far away from the heavy hand of this
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administration. mr. rosenstein has the authority to appoint a special prosecutor right now. he needs no congressional authorization. this would simply be a step he could take, as outlined in the department of justice guidelines and the laws passed after watergate. a special prosecutor is not subject to day-to-day supervision by the attorney general or anyone at the justice department. that means the special prosecutor would have much greater latitude in who he could subpoena, what questions to ask, how to conduct an investigation. this special prosecutor can only be removed for good cause, such as misconduct. there is built in congressional oversight. congress is notified whenever a special counsel is appointed,
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removed, or finished with the investigation. the appointment of the special prosecutor would be a welcome step in the right direction. it is not the only action that should be taken. there are a great many outstanding questions about the circumstances of director comey's dismissal, the status of the investigation into the cap andaign ties to russia, what the future holds for these investigations. i will be requesting that the majority leader call a close and .f necessary, session i will be requesting that the majority leader call a closed and if necessary classified briefing with the attorney general and the deputy attorney general separately. at which, they can be asked questions.
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why was attorney general sessions, who had recused himself from the russia investigations, able to influence the firing of the man conducting the russia investigation? rosenstein acty on his own or was it direction of his superiors from the white house? our reports that the president had been searching for a rationale to fired fbi director true -- for weeks, true? why did not the president weight for the inspector general investigation into director comey's handling of the clinton concludeestigation to before making his decision to fire him? was this really about something else?
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no doubt, we will have the opportunity to question mr. comey, now a private citizen, about what happened. we need to hear from this administration about what happened and why. what is going to happen next? that is why i am requesting that the majority leader call a closed and, if necessary, classified briefing with the attorney general, the deputy attorney general separately, at which they can be asked these questions. i hope the majority leader is pleased with me. we need to get to the bottle -- bottom of this so that we can -- i remind him and my republican nothing less is at stake than the american people's crinain our


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