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Tags: john kennedy | trump | cohen | raids | mueller | probe

Sen. John Kennedy: Trump Entitled to Opinion; Probe Must Go On

Sen. John Kennedy: Trump Entitled to Opinion; Probe Must Go On
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By    |   Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:48 PM

President Donald Trump may be angry about raids on the office and hotel room of his personal attorney, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller must be allowed to do his job, Sen. John Kennedy said Tuesday.

"The president's entitled to his opinion," the Louisiana Republican told CNN's "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo, while commenting about Trump's calling Mueller's investigation and the raids a "witch hunt."

"The truth is, none of us know. We have a rule of law, part of which is legal procedure. As best as I can tell, that procedure has been followed. Everything else, frankly, is just speculation."

Meanwhile, since a special counsel has been appointed, he must be allowed to his job and then report the facts to the American people, the senator said.

"I know there have been some leaks from the law enforcement authorities. Frankly, I wish that wouldn't happen, but we just got to let this play out," said Kennedy. "If somebody did something wrong, they should be held accountable. Let the chips fall where they may but we got to finish the process."

He added that he doesn't blame Trump for thinking the investigation and the raids are unfair, as that's a "normal, human reaction," but Mueller must be able to finish his probe.

However, Kennedy does not think that Trump will fire Mueller.

"I know what the president has said, but the president's management style is to manage out loud," he said. "That's not the way I would do it, but that's his management style."

Kennedy also said he thinks Trump is too smart to take that step, and he knows that firing Mueller could spark a reaction from Congress.

"It would not end this, and I think the president knows that and while I think he is entitled to vent, I just really don't expect that to happen," Kennedy said.

The senator also discussed the reaction to a suspected chemical bombing that killed dozens of people, including women and children, in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus of this past weekend, saying that the United States can't let that go unanswered.

"[Syrian President Bashar] Assad is a butcher and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Iranian ayatollah are butchers for letting him do it," said Kennedy.

"We can't let it go unanswered. If we do, our friends won't trust us and our enemies won't respect us...I would like a classified briefing from our secretary of defense and our joint chiefs and our status in Syria."

Kennedy said he doesn't know that the United States can stop all of the bad things happening in the world, especially in the Middle East, but "if I make it to heaven I'm going to ask."

The United States has spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, said Kennedy.

"I'm not saying it wasn't money well spent, but now's a pretty good time to stop and say, 'okay, what is our objective here and are we achieving it?' said Kennedy. "Some of my colleagues, say, ' it's the domino theory. If we leave another domino fall. Well, we heard that in Vietnam, too."

Kennedy also discussed the upcoming testimony of Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, saying he does not want to have to regulate Facebook.

"Clearly our digital promised land has minefields," said Kennedy. "Facebook is big and powerful. I'm not against big. I'm against dumb. And right now, it's Facebook first and people second. I think it ought to be the opposite. People make Facebook the money, and I think Facebook has an obligation, moral, if not legal, to protect our data."

Kennedy also said he wants to hear the truth from Zuckerberg.

"I want to hear him say three things," said Kennedy. "'Here's what I'm going to do. I will come back in six months and tell you what I have done, and I'll come back in six months after that to give you another progress report.'"

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Sen. John Kennedy said Tuesday that President Donald Trump may be angry about raids on the office and hotel room of his personal attorney, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller must be allowed to do his job.
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