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Durbin critical of Trump, says Mueller probe will proceed unimpeded

Sen. Durbin asks questions during Senate hearing

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, questions former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper during a hearing May 8 on Capitol Hill.
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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, questions former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper during a hearing May 8 on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) spoke critically of President Donald Trump during a CNN interview Thursday morning, but expressed his confidence in the American judicial system and a special prosecutor that he said will get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia.

The metro-east native and Senate minority whip said he and his colleagues on Capital Hill do not want to interfere with Robert Mueller’s special investigation into Russia’s alleged 2016 election interference and collusion with Trump’s campaign.

“This will be no witch hunt,” Durbin told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo.

Durbin likened the current situation to the Watergate scandal that felled Richard Nixon’s presidency in the mid-70s, and noted that Republican Congressional leaders opposed the embattled president before he resigned amid an impeachment inquiry in 1974.

Durbin also termed “laughable” a memo to Trump advising him to dismiss James Comey, and said he believed it was clear the FBI director was not dismissed because of his treatment toward Hilary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Last week, Durbin appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and said Trump’s “credibility has been destroyed.”

The senator ended his interview Thursday on CNN by saying everyone needs to stay vigilant in upholding the nation’s electoral system and democratic processes.

“This won’t be the last time (Vladimir) Putin meddles in our election,” Durbin said.

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