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Sen. Murphy: Russia Story Providing 'Cloud Cover' to Policy Issues

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By    |   Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:40 AM

The ongoing saga involving Russia and whether President Donald Trump's campaign had links to it is providing "cloud cover" to policy issues like healthcare, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., spoke about the Russia investigation's impact on the political scene.

"My worry, frankly, is this has been cloud cover for a process that has continued, specifically on the issue of repealing the Affordable Care Act," Murphy said. "Republicans have continued to meet to try to present a bill before the House that potentially strips healthcare away from 24 million Americans. That has been able to happen without a lot of public questions being asked because of all this concern and obsession on the unfolding story about Russia.

"There's really impactful things happening to my constituents that probably aren't getting the coverage they deserve. My worry is a week from now we get a bill dropped on the Senate that nobody has really talked about because the focus has been elsewhere. We're going to have to shift some of this back to domestic policy because that agenda I don't think has stopped while this story has moved very quickly in the last few days."

The Trump-Russia investigation took another step Wednesday when the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller a special counsel to the FBI's probe.

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The ongoing saga involving Russia and whether President Donald Trump's campaign had links to it is providing "cloud cover" to policy issues like healthcare, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.
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