Jackie Speier: ‘We Need to Make Sure’ Trump’s ‘Putting America First’ Not Russia

‘The Republicans were resistant to doing anything that would have investigated that particular relationship’

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BERMAN: "House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff announced a sweeping new probe looking into whether President Trump’s financial interests are influencing his decisions. He made the announcement just hours after President Trump threatened Democrats to end to what he called ridiculous partisan investigations. Joining us now is Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier. She serves on the House Intelligence and Oversight Committee, so could be busy in the next couple of months based on what we’re hearing from the committee chairs. Representative, thank you so much for being with us. Why is this investigation announced by Adam Schiff yesterday necessary?"
SPEIER: "Well, it’s necessary because it was never completed as part of the original investigation. It wasn’t as if we didn’t want to pursue whether or not there was Russian money coming in to Trump properties, it was just that the Republicans were resistant to doing anything that would have investigated that particular relationship. It’s important because from an intelligence perspective we need to make sure that the president of the United States is putting America first, not Russia or some other country."
BERMAN: "Isn’t the Mueller investigation, in theory, looking into whether Russian money flowed into Trump properties?"
SPEIER: "Well, that’s a very good question. We don’t know the answer to it. And irrespective of what the Mueller investigation is doing, I think it’s incumbent on us to make sure the American people are in a position to know what’s going on. It’s unclear based on what the attorney general appointee has said, whether or not we’re ever going to see the Mueller report, something that’s very important to being able to get to the bottom of the Russian intervention in our election."

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