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In Tweet, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin Calls For End To Mueller Probe

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin. DANA SHAW
Mar 20, 2018 1:09 PM

Following President Donald J. Trump’s tweet storm this weekend attacking Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe into any collusion between the administration and Russia during the 2016 election, U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin has sent out his own missive supporting the president’s position.

“Mueller [investigation] can’t go on indefinitely,” Mr. Zeldin tweeted on Sunday evening. “@realDonaldTrump has provided tens of thousands of documents & his team has further cooperated with their many interviews.

“I haven’t heard of anyone coming across any evidence POTUS colluded with the Russians,” he continued. “Mueller should end [investigation] into POTUS so USA can move forward in positive & productive direction to tackle the many important policy issues facing USA.

“It would be injustice to continue investigating POTUS & family for winning [elections] without any evidence of crime committed to win [elections].”

Mr. Zeldin declined to further expand on these tweets when contacted on Monday. Through a spokesman, he later provided a statement reiterating the statements in the tweet, adding, “The Trump-Russia collusion investigation should come to an end after a careful review of all relevant information. However … you cannot have a never-ending probe.”

The tweets came after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday evening, on the grounds that he had “lacked candor—including under oath—on multiple occasions.” Some, including Mr. McCabe, argue that the firing was actually due to the administration’s concerns about the Russia investigation, with which Mr. McCabe has been involved from the beginning and whose conversations, especially with fired former FBI Director James Comey, are part of the pool of evidence.

Mr. McCabe argues that this abrupt termination is an attempt to taint his credibility, thus making all of his contributions to the Russia investigation suspect.

Since the firing, some prominent Republicans—including Arizona Senator John McCain and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham—rallied behind Mr. Mueller, worried that the president’s anxiety over the probe would lead to another sudden firing and saying that Mr. Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation unimpeded.

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Now I get it.. Zeldin knows he's getting tossed to the curb in November and wants a Fed job from Trump. Doesn't Little Lee know that he first has to appear on Fox & Friends for that to happen?
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Mar 19, 18 2:56 PM
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Why don't we just wait until the investigation is complete? What are Zeldin and Trump afraid will be discovered? Didn't Trump campaign on the promise of draining the swamp? Let's make sure we find all who are clogging that drain, regardless of what color hat they wear?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Mar 19, 18 3:06 PM
The swamp is only foggier, and danker.

What We Found in Trump’s Drained Swamp: Hundreds of Ex-Lobbyists and D.C. Insiders

For the first time, political appointee and federal financial disclosure information is publicly searchable.

By Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw and Isaac Arnsdorf
March 7, 12 p.m. EST

When the Trump administration took office early last year, hundreds of staffers from lobbying firms, conservative think tanks and Trump campaign groups began ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 19, 18 8:11 PM
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The "Rule of Law" is a foreign concept to Trump, and apparently to our own Mini-Trump.

Bullies act out their inner demons without worrying about the consequences.

Involuntary spasms of blind anger -- Brain Fahts you know!

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle !!!
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Mar 19, 18 3:21 PM
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Zeldin is an honorable man, differs when his constiuency is negatively affected, but a loyal deplorable, as am I. Mueller should continue but his investigation should be limited to the original mandate of Russian collusion. Rosenstein's addition to Mueller's appointment to also go after any other issues should be eliminated. He is off on tangents that have nothing to do with Russia, looking for any actions that may justify his existence. Not to mention that the whole investigation would never ...more
By Taz (725), East Quogue on Mar 19, 18 5:03 PM
Actually the dossier was paid for by members of BOTH parties.

So, are you saying that any discovery of malfeasance should be ignored because it's not part of investigative focal point? Because, y'know, police do it all the time, NOT.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 19, 18 7:54 PM
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Actually, no, it wasn't.

Republican involvement ended when Trump received the GOP nomination an had NO INVOLVEMENT in the dossier itself.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Mar 19, 18 9:22 PM
It would appear you are correct. Of course, the FBI doesn't care who paid for it, as it matched information they already had.

"Simpson and Peter Fritsch, another Fusion GPS founder, wrote in a recent commentary that they did not believe Steele’s reporting was the trigger for the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling: “As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 19, 18 11:32 PM
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The FISA judge most certainly should have been told the funding source for the dossier, as well as to the particulars of how the dossier came to be. In fact, the FBI was obligated to communicate that when they made the warrant request - but they didn't.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Mar 20, 18 7:09 PM
The FISC knew the warrant was for political opposition research and that trump was the target. All that was required. And further, don't you think the judge would have inquired re: funding if it was germane, or denied the application if withheld?
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 20, 18 8:12 PM
Wish Mueller would have investigated Hillary? He seems to be exuberant. FBI seemed to not care about Hillary or afraid, as many people have committed suicide working with her.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 19, 18 5:31 PM
More people have committed professional suicide working with Trump.
By harbor (415), East Hampton on Mar 19, 18 5:50 PM
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@knitter: Try as I might, can't make sense of your post. "He seems to be exuberant." About what?
"....many people have committed suicide working with her (i.e. Hillary)." Who feeds you such nonsense?
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 20, 18 7:30 PM
I can visualize a sweeping blue wave across the CD1 gerrymandered district (drawn to favor Republican registration) in November 2018. This family of six registered Republicans will repudiate the Trump party and vote Democratic.I wonder how many will, hopefully enough to say goodbye to the Trump toad and tool,Lee Zeldin.
By ILOONI (13), CUTCHOGUE on Mar 19, 18 5:38 PM
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That’s just mean to call Lee Zeldin a toad and tool, it should be mr. toad and tool.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Mar 19, 18 6:07 PM
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Mueller has been botching investigations since the Anthrax investigation post 9/1l and ruining lives in the process.

For this, he had the second longest tenure as FBI Director ever.

Time to end this insanity.
By Po Boy (5299), Water Mill on Mar 19, 18 7:54 PM
Nah, Watergate took two years, let Mueller do his job.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 19, 18 8:03 PM
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Yeah, call it a day and let's let the Trump administration do the job they were hired to do.

Apples and oranges. Watergate took almost two years to unfold. I know you're hoping for a glimmer of hope of some oopsie lesser charge resulting from a misstatement, like what happened to Flynn. It's time to wrap it up.
By Po Boy (5299), Water Mill on Mar 19, 18 8:13 PM
We haven't even gotten through Manafort's trial! Buckle up, Po. There's a ways to go.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 19, 18 10:27 PM
The charges against Manafort stem from alleged money laundering, tax evasion and fraud spanning years before he went to work on President Trump's campaign.

Democrats are giddy. Manafort must be very proud.
By Po Boy (5299), Water Mill on Mar 20, 18 8:19 AM
What's the over/under on Trump being similarly indicted for money laundering, tax evasion and fraud?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 20, 18 8:55 AM
I just shook my Magic 8-Ball, Very Doubtful.
By Po Boy (5299), Water Mill on Mar 20, 18 12:20 PM
@Fore: Or obstructing justice? Violation of the Emoluments Clause? Sexual assault?
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 20, 18 12:33 PM
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We shall see, June! I'd stop short of making predictions, but it's all possible!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Mar 20, 18 12:39 PM
@Fore: And now we can add defamation to the list....
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 20, 18 8:45 PM
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I believe that Mr Mueller is a Republican. I also believe President Bone Spur will be waddling to Stormy Daniels when the investigation ends.
By country joe (60), sag harbor on Mar 19, 18 8:14 PM
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Misstatement? I’m pretty sure they are still called lies.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on Mar 19, 18 8:42 PM
Comey told congress that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional. The Washington Post reported this as well.* Enter Mueller and the witch hunt was on and we've seen NO EVIDENCE of Russia/Trump collusion.

*FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicit. By Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller January 23, 2017
By Po Boy (5299), Water Mill on Mar 19, 18 9:17 PM
This tweet alone makes about fifty more nails in Lee Zeldin’s coffin, just about enough to make it air tight.

Why fifty nails? Because here, for the first time, Zeldin joins and endorses Donald Trump’s continuing obstruction of justice, his desperate attempt to cloak his misdeeds and throttle a lawful investigation. Up to now, Zeldin’s stuff has just been the usual low grade sucking up, bending the knee to The Big Man, but thiings become serious with the The Honorable ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Mar 19, 18 8:44 PM
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We can only hope so.
By tenn tom (259), remsenburg on Mar 20, 18 7:16 AM
Amazing how being a Democrat Party hack renders one oblivious to the truth.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 20, 18 7:26 AM
Not so fast Congressman... ANY interference with Mueller and his investigation will start a constitutional crisis.. if you are part of it you will go down as well��
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Mar 19, 18 11:37 PM
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AP is reporting that just before hillary tried to walk down those steps in India, she was colluding with russian vodka.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Mar 20, 18 7:43 AM
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@ even flow


"AP is reporting that just before hillary tried to walk down those steps in India, she was colluding with russian vodka."

You and the other true believers in your group should talk out your obsession at your next therapy session.
Please though, not here. We did nothing to deserve it and we're not being paid to listen.

Back in the world of relevance, Trump has hired a certifiably ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Mar 20, 18 8:13 AM
4 News Cambridge Analytica undercover investigation bombshell

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Mr Nix boasted about Cambridge Analytica’s work for Trump, saying: “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting, we ran all ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 20, 18 8:32 PM
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There are currently 5 guilty pleas. People don’t plead guilty to felonies for no reason. There will be more to come, which is why Trump is so frantic.

At the core of this is money laundering through PACs. When the Supreme Court ruled for Citizens United and McCutcheon, it granted permission to both political parties to launder money and peddle influence. It was a matter of time before some desperate grifter took advantage. Trump was in debt over his head and has been getting bailed ...more
By major dude (4), East Moriches on Mar 22, 18 2:47 PM
Trump already gave Russia and Syria more than enough warning to avoid significant damage from any military strike he now orders to distract the nation and pretend he cares about chemical weapons attacks. This is just a terrible charade we are being forced to witness.
By June Bug (2680), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 13, 18 9:13 PM