Schumer and other Democrats spoke to reporters as Trump criticized the intelligence agencies that he oversees and the media for what he described as unfair treatment of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and for "illegally leaked" information about reported contacts between his campaign aides and Russian officials.
Flynn quit his post after it was revealed that he hid the extent of his conversations with Russian officials, and reports emerged that the interactions were far more extensive. And why wasn't General Flynn fired as soon as the administration found out? "They must be answered truthfully by administration officials, and any attempt to lie or mislead must be countered with the full force of the law", Schumer said. It brings up a lot of questions and those questions need to be answered.
Members of Congress have called for investigations into Flynn's contact in December with the Russian ambassador to Washington and what Flynn might have said about the incoming Trump administration easing sanctions on Russia. Every one of these questions should be applied to all of them, as well.
They cited a Justice Department ethics guideline that states, "No DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution, or who would be directly affected by the outcome". "What I am calling for is an independent investigation with executive authority to pursue potential criminal actions".
Carroll County bodies identified, situation upgraded to homicide investigation
State police in Lafayette have released the names of the two bodies found in Carroll County east of Delphi Tuesday. But he said the search for the two missing 13-year-old girls had been scaled back.
"The new Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not be the person to lead that investigation ... it is a clear conflict of interest", Schumer said on the Senate floor, citing Department of Justice regulations.
Roy Blunt told reporters Tuesday, "As a member of the Intelligence Committee looking at what the White House and General Flynn decided yesterday I think was the right decision".
He added, "I expect Attorney General Sessions will recuse himself".
Department of Justice regulations specifically prohibit individuals who have political ties to the subjects of an investigation from leading that investigation. "I don't want to get hysterical about this". He was a senior advisor in the Trump campaign, the first senator to endorse the President's campaign, and nominated him at the Republican convention in Cleveland.
Yellen warns Congress against overheating USA economy
That's about double the average growth rate of C&I loans since the FDIC first began collecting the data back in the mid-1980s. Now if Yellen had been trying to prepare investors for a possible March rate hike by the Fed, her message backfired badly.
Trump replaced Flynn in the interim with retired General Keith Kellogg and asked in a tweet, "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?".
Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., said he believed public outcry and constant news coverage of the issue could ensure Republicans also push for an independent investigation.
Sessions indicated in his written responses to the Judiciary Committee that he may not be inclined to recuse himself from investigations involving Trump.
Schumer said his watchwords were that the probe be "independent, transparent and impartial".
United Kingdom clothing retail prices offset January inflation rise
A "double whammy" of oil prices and sterling weakness has seen consumer inflation rise to 1.8 per cent in January. It is the fourth consecutive month that the rate has risen and takes inflation to its highest since June 2014.