McConnell Calls for 'Less Drama' From Trump's White House
- Author: Ronnie Bowen May 17, 2017,
May 17, 2017, 13:14
Republican leaders are the only members to have heard from the White House on the topic so far.
Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals speaks between Vice President Joe Biden (L) and President Barack Obama (R) after Obama announced Garland as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington March 16, 2016.
"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Mr. Warner said, adding that he hopes to have Comey testify in a public hearing before his committee. It has been attacked by retailers and some Senate Republicans, which led McConnell to say the "prospects of that would be rather bleak".
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court previous year by President Barack Obama but who was denied a hearing by Republicans.
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McConnell also dismissed a question about if he was losing confidence in Trump and directed questions about how much time Trump spends at properties he owns, like Mar-A-Lago, to the White House. "If you've ever wondered what you'd do if forced to decide between party and country, this is that moment", No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL said in a tweet directed at Ryan. McConnell isn't the first person to suggest the idea.
The reports came several days after the White House faced criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to snap photos of Trump with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week. "I don't know the whole story", Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said when asked for a response. John McCain, who called the reports "deeply disturbing".
Some reports indicated that senior administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Don McGahn were receptive to the idea. "I suspect the administration will brief the Congress more fully on exactly what transpired", said Sen. "Border adjustability is a pretty controversial thing in the Senate", he said, though he added he was working with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Paul Ryan on a way to "go forward".
Democrats have little more than a platform to complain about Trump, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) ― speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning after McConnell gave a long speech on Obamacare ― at least offered a simple solution to let people assess what Trump did.