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Sen. Cornyn: AG Sessions Cannot End Mueller Probe

Sen. Cornyn: AG Sessions Cannot End Mueller Probe
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 August 2018 04:20 PM

The second-most powerful Republican senator said Attorney General Jeff Sessions lacks the authority to order the Department of Justice to stop the Russia investigation.

On the same day President Donald Trump called on Sessions to end the probe, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, weighed in Wednesday.

"I think that's out of Jeff Sessions' hands," Senate Majority Whip Cornyn said. "He's recused himself from the Russia investigation because he participated in the campaign, as we all know, and I think that was appropriate for him to do so.

"He really doesn't have any power to stop the [Paul] Manafort prosecution. I think the president's very frustrated because he feels like the media has missed a lot of what he considers to be the real collusion, and that is between law enforcement agencies, people showing bias, for example, at the FBI in investigating the Trump campaign.

"The focus has all been on him and his campaign, where there's no evidence of collusion. So, I understand his frustration."

The Hill posted a clip of Cornyn's comments.

Manafort is on trial on charges of tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, and other federal charges. His indictment last fall came out of the Russia investigation that began by looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. To date, no evidence has been made public that suggests collusion between both parties occurred.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday afternoon Trump's request Sessions end the investigation was his personal opinion, not an order from the Oval Office.

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On the same day President Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, weighed in Wednesday, saying Sessions lacks the authority to do it.
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