While the Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are already under the FBI and Robert Mueller investigation, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking for a fresh probe of House Republicans.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) claims that his GOP counterparts have concurred with the Trump administration in diverting the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in 2016 presidential elections. However, he didn’t mention any evidence to back his allegations.
Speaking at the “Skullduggery” podcast, hosted by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff, Whitehouse said that an investigation should open into whether Trump’s Republican aides sought to “impede and throw sticks into the spokes of the Mueller investigation.”
“It definitely needs to be investigated, in my view,” the Democratic Senate said.
“Whether it amounts to criminal conduct or not, clearly the efforts of the House Republicans were designed to impede and throw sticks into the spokes of the Mueller investigation,” he added.
The Democratic lawmakers have previously criticized House Republicans for questioning the basis of the Russia probe. However, Whitehouse is the first Democrat to specifically call for an investigation into the House Republicans.
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating if there is any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Republican leaders — including Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows — have asserted that there is no evidence to the allegations.
The GOP leaders have also led an independent investigation into FBI’s use of the unverified Steele dossier to acquire surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. They have accused the bureau leaders of misleading the federal surveillance court by failing to disclose that the dossier was opposition research, and that it was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.
House Republicans have also directed the charge against former FBI officials, such as Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who were caught sending anti-Trump text messages while conducting the Russia investigation.
While the Mueller investigation is considered, Sen. Whitehouse has asserted that the House Republicans have sought to “discredit it, to slow it down, to foul it up, to provide alternative narratives, potentially even to communicate to potential witnesses and jurors their alternative narratives, and thereby influence the proceedings.”
“If that is what they did, the only thing that stops that being a crime is the contact with Trump’s lawyers and the corrupt intent,” he added.
While there is no evidence to Whitehouse’s allegations, it cannot be asserted if an investigation into House Republicans would be opened or not.