Rep. David Schweikert suggested on Thursday that the lack of a "disciplined use of language" could create the appearance of President Donald Trump trying to obstruct the Russia investigation.
"We also have to be real careful from the standpoint that we have a president that's not from the political class," the Arizona Republican told Steve Inskeep on "Morning Edition" on NPR.
"The learning of the disciplined use of language and what certain words mean in our context — if you're not from this world, you may not have developed that discipline," he said.
Schweikert, 55, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, added that he welcomed special counsel Robert Mueller's role in the investigation.
"That's sort of odd coming from sort of a conservative libertarian," he told Inskeep.
The congressman's remarks came after The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller now was investigating President Trump for obstruction in firing FBI Director James Comey.
In a private Oval Office meeting in February, Trump suggested to Comey that "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," referring to the agency's probe of the former national security director and his alleged Moscow ties.
Trump fired Comey in May.
Mueller also, according to the Post, is investigating whether Trump pressured DNI Director Dan Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny whether intelligence information existed about possible collusion between his campaign and Russia.
A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, ripped the Post's report on Wednesday, saying that "the FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal."
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