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Politics Never-ending Russia probe could fuel GOP's midterm message

12:50  17 may  2018
12:50  17 may  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Trump: Mueller's Russia probe team has 'unrevealed conflicts of interest'

  Trump: Mueller's Russia probe team has 'unrevealed conflicts of interest' Trump, in a series of tweets Monday, offered no evidence for his conflict of interest claims against the special counsel's office."The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia. So now the Probe says OK, what else is there? How about Obstruction for a made up, phony crime.There is no O, it's called Fighting Back," Trump wrote in the first of two Monday morning tweets on the topic. Mueller's team is reportedly probing whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey last year.

Candidates in some GOP primaries this year already have worked to woo Trump supporters by arguing it’ s time to end the Russia probe . But not all Republicans think it’ s a worthwhile strategy in the general election, as the cloud from the Mueller probe could continue to harm the party down the ballot.

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As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the Trump controversy to their advantage – by appealing to voters tired of the never-ending investigation.

Candidates in some GOP primaries this year already have worked to woo Trump supporters by arguing it’s time to end the Russia probe. Other Republicans are likely to follow suit amid a sense of Mueller investigation fatigue.

Giuliani: Russia probe will drive Trump voters to polls in midterms

  Giuliani: Russia probe will drive Trump voters to polls in midterms Attorney Rudy Giuliani in a new interview said the investigation into Russia’s election meddling will prompt President Trump’s voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections. "It has his people much more excited now than before," Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told Politico.Giuliani added Democrats have "backed off" a midterm campaign push that emphasizes possible impeaching the president."I don't think anywhere near a majority of the American people want to see an impeachment interrupt the good work the president is doing," he told the news outlet.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller’ s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the

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“I think you could see others embrace that messaging because the states that are up in 2018 on the Senate side are super red,” one Republican strategist involved in the midterms told Fox News.

Whether the message has appeal beyond a Republican primary audience remains to be seen, but it could serve to motivate the GOP faithful to the polls and increase turnout.

The strategist added: “I think Trump voters don’t think Mueller has anything, so that messaging could be impactful to rile up folks that sat out until 2016 to vote for Trump.”

Republicans, like Rudy Giuliani, a member of the Trump’s legal team, have predicted the Mueller probe could energize Trump supporters in November.

“It has his people much more excited now than before,” Giuliani recently told Politico.

Dems get documents from late GOP operative who tried to obtain deleted Clinton emails: report

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Candidates in some GOP primaries this year already have worked to woo Trump supporters by arguing it’ s time to end the Russia probe . The comments have again raised the specter that Trump could fire Mueller , an action that Republicans have repeatedly warned him against .

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But not all Republicans think it’s a worthwhile strategy in the general election, as the cloud from the Mueller probe could continue to harm the party down the ballot.

a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Fox News “I think the Republican posturing toward Bob Mueller in primaries became sort of a litmus test as to who was the most pro-Trump candidate,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist and veteran of statewide campaigns in past cycles, told Fox News. “I think as the primaries start to fade into the rear view mirror, it’s going to be less and less of an issue.”

Reed said Republicans are the “law and order party,” and therefore should support giving Mueller room to complete the investigation.

“We should support guys like Robert Mueller,” Reed said. “And we shouldn’t be the ones launching attacks on him. He’s someone who was nominated by George W. Bush, confirmed overwhelmingly and commands universal support from both parties.”

Kelly: Trump 'embarrassed' by Russia probe

  Kelly: Trump 'embarrassed' by Russia probe White House chief of staff John Kelly says in a new interview that President Trump is "somewhat embarrassed" by the investigation into Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.Kelly told NPR that the subject tends to come up in Trump's conversations with foreign leaders, saying while the long-running investigation "may not be a cloud" hanging over the presidency, "the president is, you know, somewhat embarrassed, frankly.

Robert Mueller’ s Russia probe isn’t ending any time soon, and that’ s bad news for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans already bracing for a possible 2018 Democratic midterm wave. While many Republicans insist the Trump- Russia saga is overblown

Never - ending Russia probe could fuel GOP ' s midterm message . 'INGRAHAM ANGLE' EXCLUSIVE: GIULIANI SAYS MUELLER SHOULD END PROBE TODAY: President Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News' Laura Ingraham Wednesday night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller

In recent weeks, Republicans in competitive primaries have been calling for an end to the probe.

In Montana, GOP Senate candidate Troy Downing tweeted: “#Mueller investigation going on too long, no collusion, needs to end! #mtpol #mtsen”

In Indiana, Rep. Todd Rokita mentioned Mueller in an ad and said: “Who’s tough enough to stop the witch hunt?”

Rokita, who lost the primary to Republican businessman Mike Braun, also introduced a House resolution during the campaign demanding the Mueller investigation produce evidence of collusion, or end the investigation within 30 days.

During a debate in last month’s GOP primary in West Virginia, all three Republican candidates blasted the special counsel investigation into the Trump administration’s ties with Russia.

“With respect to the Mueller investigation, I think it needs to come to an end,” state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who went on to win the primary, said. “It's a witch hunt. We need to stop that.”

His primary opponent, Rep. Evan Jenkins, during the debate, flatly said: “End this investigation now.”

Mueller's office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe-filing

  Mueller's office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe-filing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope of his wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope of his wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller' s probe hits the one-year mark Thursday, Republicans in midterm elections have started to see an opportunity to use the Trump controversy to their advantage - by appealing to voters tired of the never - ending investigation.

In Mississippi, Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel has also taken aim at the length of Mueller’s investigation.

“We need to find ways to put, if possible, deadlines on the investigation itself. So, put simply, we don’t want a person on a witch hunt indefinitely,” McDaniel told the Washington Post.

Democrats are also trying to use the Russia probe to bolster their chances, seizing on the indictments and daily news stories to try to inflict damage on Republicans. Some Democrats, citing the Russia probe, also have backed impeachment efforts against Trump.

The president, who has called the Russia investigation “phony,” has used the impeachment talk to rile up supporters at rallies, drawing attention to comments made by California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

“We have to keep the House because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she’s going around saying ‘We will impeach him,’ ” Trump said last month.

Giuliani: Briefing may prompt calls to end Russia probe .
President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified materials shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Trump's lawyers may take the information to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's attorneys, says, "If the spying was inappropriate, that means we may have an entirely illegitimate investigation."And Trump's lawyers may take the information to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe.

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