2016 Presidential Campaign Controversy: The Russia Probe

On January 4th, 2018, it was announced that Steve Bannon, the White House’s former Chief Strategist during President Donald Trump’s term for the first seven months, is going to be investigated by the U.S. House of Representatives committee next week. Steve Bannon is being investigated for supposed interference with President Donald Trump’s 2016, U.S. election.

President Trump’s aides have been already charged by Mr. Muller.  President Trump’s investigation by Muller is coming to an end, but there is no set date. If Muller went through with investigating the President it could cause Muller legal issues.

A statement from The Washington Post states, “The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, told President Trump’s lawyers last month that he will probably seek to interview the President, setting off discussions among Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the perils of such a move.” This was said on Monday the 8th of January.

The fourth person to be accused of being apart of President Trump’s campaign is Michael Flynn the former U.S National Security Advisor. Flynn is being accused of being connected to the investigation of the 2016 election about the Russians possibly  tampering with President Trump’s  election.

In May of 2017, Special Counsel Robert Muller headed the probe. He investigated the association between the Russian government and anyone involved in President Trump’s campaign.

On December 1st, 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe had the probability to make two parties agree between President Trump’s campaign and Russia’s biggest accusation, accusing Michael Flynn former National Security Advisor for saying invalid statements to the FBI.

The Washington Post states, “Legal experts said Mr. Mueller would almost certainly want to speak directly with Mr. Trump in person. They said Mr. Trump’s lawyers would want to prevent Mr. Mueller from putting Mr. Trump alone before a grand jury, where lawyers normally are not present.”

A quote from CNN says; “Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are on a collision course, as the two sides appear increasingly likely to issue competing reports coming to starkly different conclusions about the panel’s Russia investigation.”

Republican defenders, after exhaustive document reviews and witness investigations concluded there is little evidence to support the idea of tampering between The Trump campaign and Russians associated with the 2016 elections.

According to Democrats there should be more thorough research to be done especially with certain officials working with President Donald Trump, financial records, the Trump Organization and investigating more in what the call “the unexplored parts of the inquiry” to which they are considering issuing another detailed report.

It is clear that both sides are divided on how best to resolve this issue. There is much work to be done according to CNN because both the Republicans and Democrats “ are preparing for the reality that their conclusions about the probe will be simply too far apart for a single report.”

by Sarah Hanson

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