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Maddow: Senate Republicans Are Trying To Blow Up Russia Investigation

Rachel Maddow warns that Senate Republicans are attacking the basis for the investigation.
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Rachel Maddow warned viewers last night that Senate Republicans were trying to stop the investigation into Trump and Russia.

"Here's the thing to watch that's happening in the United States Senate. In the U.S. Senate, it's the Judiciary committee that's supposedly investigating obstruction of justice," she said.

"This Judiciary committee is apparently not getting its hands on the Comey memo about his interactions with the president. that's going somewhere else in the senate. That's strange enough in its own right.

"But in terms of their own work in the Judiciary committee, where they're supposed to be investigating obstruction of justice, we're now seeing the republicans on that committee start to go after the investigation itself. in a way that hasn't really been picked up on," she said.

She told viewers Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsay Graham sent a request to the FBI asking them to hand over all the FISA warrants and requests for FISA warrents -- the ones related to the ongoing investigation.

"This is a remarkable request," she said.

Maddow said you could see by the way it's written that they "appear to be driving at the question of why the FBI started its investigation" into potential collusion by the Trump campaign.

"What they're implying is the whole FBI investigation all stemmed from that dossier of allegations against Trump and his campaign, that one that was published in Buzzfeed in January. They're saying, implicitly, that that dossier of material is unproven and suspect, and that that's what the FBI's whole investigation is all based on," she said. "Therefore, it's all nonsense."

She said while Trump himself may be flamboyant, his Republican allies are not outrageous in the same way that he is.

"They did these things in subtler ways. But just do me a favor, look at this letter we just posted on our website tonight." she said.

"You can see there in black and white, and in blue signature at the end, you can see the Senate Republicans basically trying to take apart the FBI for having done these investigations of Trump at all. The attacks on the FBI are happening in the conservative media, they're happening from the White House, they're now happening in the official correspondence to the FBI from the Republicans in the United States Senate who are supposed to be participating in this investigation on their own terms."


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She warned that Senate Republicans are “trying to stop this thing in its tracks before it comes to its conclusion.”

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