A Republican lawmaker said Thursday President Donald Trump is facing a learning curve because he's new to politics, and that factor might need to be weighed in the multiple Russia investigations.
Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., spoke on NPR's "Morning Edition" and addressed the probes looking into whether Trump and/or anyone close to him broke any laws during the presidential campaign, the transition period, or during his presidency thus far.
Trump's status as a rookie politician potentially should be taken into account, he said.
"We also have to be real careful from the standpoint that we have a president that's not from the political class," said Schweikert, a self-described "conservative-libertarian."
"The learning of the discipline 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."
Schweikert then argued that if Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to "tell the world I'm not the subject of the investigation, well the very fact of asking you to tell the world may be a violation because you asked him to tell the world."
Schweikert chalked up that last example to maybe being related to Trump's political inexperience. He did, however, welcome the Department of Justice's special counsel investigation.
"This may be one of those occasions we're gonna have to go through several months of the news cycle and discomfort to finally figure out OK, this was just ill-used language, absolutely innocent, or here's something that's been wrong."
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