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Klobuchar: Comey, Yates End Up As 'Roadkill' After Russia Warnings

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 01:42 PM

Everybody who has tried to take on the issue of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign or interference in the 2016 election has ended up as "roadkill," but as it turns out, there are many people from the Trump campaign who did end up meeting with Russians, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Monday.

"When you look back, it seems like every single person that tried to take this on whether it's James Comey or Sally Yates warning the White House about the former national security adviser's actions, everything that happens, they end up as roadkill," the Minnesota Democrat, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

However, she said it seems that "every other person" who ends up involved in meetings with Russians, including, now, Trump's son, Donald Jr.; son-in-law Jared Kushner; and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The weekend news follows other reports concerning now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former national security adviser Michael Flynn connecting them with Russians.

"What concerns me is that this has reached the highest levels now, and that is why we have a special prosecutor," said Klobuchar. "As a former prosecutor, I'm not going to opine on what this means and if this is a crime or what happened. But we are getting very close to a serious, serious matter here."

Klobuchar, though, said she does believe it's important to meet with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, but the issue is that the Russian leader responds to power, and she is concerned Trump does not come across as a strong leader.

"When the president comes in with mixed signals saying he wasn't sure, other countries have also done this, that's not the kind of message that we want to send to someone like Vladimir Putin," said Klobuchar. "There's no problem with them meeting. I think they should meet."

However, Trump should have approached his meeting with Putin last week armed with a law containing tougher sanctions when he spoke with him concerning cyber attacks and meddling in the 2016 election.

"That would have been coming from a position of strength, but instead the White House is lobbying in the House of Representatives to lessen that bill," said Klobuchar, referring to a sanctions bill that passed almost unanimously in the Senate but has been on hold in the House.

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