A Republican Representative from Florida is trying to build a wall around the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fl.) is pressing for an amendment that will put parameters on the funding for Mueller’s probe so that it would end six months after the amendment passes. This provision from DeSantis would also keep the investigation from looking into matters that occurred before June 2015, when Trump initiated his presidential campaign.
This particular amendment is one of the hundreds of others filed with the government spending package the House is supposed to consider when it returns next week from its Summer recess. It is not a guarantee that the provision will make it to the House floor. The House Rules Committee has authority to discard amendments that they believe are out of order.
Rep. DeSantis said that the appointing of Mueller as special counsel “didn’t identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition.” The Florida Congressman continued, “Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has said that the DOJ doesn’t conduct fishing expeditions; the corollary to this admonition should be that Congress will not fund a fishing expedition.”
Some House Democrats are pressing for amendments that would protect the Mueller investigation. Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, a ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, is offering a provision to prohibit the Justice Department from obstructing Mueller’s efforts. So some amendments are guaranteed to be discarded by the House Rules Committee.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has maintained support for Mueller, even when there were reports that President Trump was considering firing the special counsel. “I think the best advice is to let Robert Mueller do his job,” Ryan said in June.
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