Looking beyond Mueller, Democrats cast investigative nets

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His Judiciary committee and other panels in Congress are awaiting release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his 22-month investigation of Trump campaign links to Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

A former presidential advisor has suggested President Donald Trump's bombastic weekend appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference was that of a man "seeing the walls close in". American intelligence agencies and Mueller have said Russian Federation was the source of hacked material released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks during the campaign that was damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential effort.

Cases now partially or fully in the hands of prosecutors outside of Mueller's team include those involving President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

"Unfortunately you put the wrong people in a couple of positions and they leave people for a long time that shouldn't be there and all of a sudden they're trying to take you out with bulls-", he told the crowd of conservatives.

"North Korea (DPRK) has an incredible, brilliant economic future if they make a deal, but they don't have any economic future if they have nuclear weapons", Trump said during the conference.

While some Democrats have called for Trump's impeachment, party leaders have by-and-large eschewed the subject.

"We have a gentleman who likes raising interest rates, a gentleman who likes quantitative tightening", said Trump. "We don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations".

Later he tweeted that Democrats were trying to switch from collusion to some other reason to impeach him.

Because computer hacking is clearly a federal crime, any Trump campaign official who assented to and encouraged the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers in 2016 could be liable for the crime of conspiracy. "We're waiting on a report from people who were not elected".

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"Robert Mueller never received a vote, and neither did the person that appointed him", Trump said, referring to the unelected bureaucrats investigating him.

Fox personalities are now responding to the new Democratic investigative push, and the true dimensions of their efforts are coming into clearer focus: Precisely because Trump has committed extremely serious misconduct and wrongdoing on so many fronts, some of Fox's leading voices are resorting to portraying any and all oversight directed at the president as fundamentally illegitimate.

"They give you the pluses or the minuses, whatever the concerns are", McCarthy said.

He has however sprinkled tantalizing clues in indictments of a handful of Trump associates that have sparked intrigue about what his eventual findings - that will be presented to Attorney General William Barr - will show.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation.

"I think Congressman Nadler chose to impeach the President the day the President won the election", House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on "This Week".

"Over the last several years, President Trump has evaded accountability for his near-daily attacks on our basic legal, ethical, and constitutional rules and norms", Mr. Nadler said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) made her most recent statements during a television interview, a much more sedate setting than a few weeks ago when she called for Trump's impeachment using a crude epithet.

The president spoke for a rambling two hours and 20 minutes about everything from being "lonely, [so] I said, "Let's go to Iraq, '" to mocking Jeff Sessions" Southern accent.

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