Kasich: Do Republicans Care About Russia Interference?

Kasich: Do Republicans Care About Russia Interference?


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) went to the Senate floor Tuesday to announce “case closed” on the Mueller investigation, another prominent Republican was asked whether his fellow Republicans care at all about Russian meddling–not only in past elections but the upcoming 2020 election, as well.

McConnell’s “case closed” speech was highly political against Democrats, essentially taking the same line as Donald Trump, that the probe has been nothing but a political hit against the president–and that any further inquiry is illegitimate.

“With everything that’s going on around that, what are they doing in Washington and in Congress to try to stop this from being repeated in the 2020 election? Where is the urgency?” asked Republican John Kasich, a former Ohio governor and congressman who ran for president in 2016.

“And part of the Mueller report, from my understanding, is that it outlines exactly many of the ways in which the Russians” meddle in US elections, Kasich added. “Think about this. The Russians! When I was a kid, we used to hide under the desk thinking we were going to have a nuclear war because of what was happening in Cuba. I mean, the Russians, okay? They are interfering in our election, there is no doubt about that they tried to manipulate us and nobody is doing anything about it. I don’t understand that. It doesn’t make any sense to me.

“Furthermore, Congress also has a right to review what the Mueller report did, and frankly, I hope [Robert] Mueller testifies,” Kasich concluded.

The House Judiciary Committee apparently will have special counsel Robert Mueller to testify as early as next week, perhaps May 15.

However, wrangling over an unredacted version of the Mueller Report is not going well, as Trump has cited executive privilege over the entire report.

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