Top Dem: If Trump interferes with Mueller probe, he's helping Russians attack US democracy

Top Dem: If Trump interferes with Mueller probe, he's helping Russians attack US democracy
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Friday that any attempt by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE to interfere with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s probe will be seen as “a direct attempt to aid the Russian government" following the announcement of new indictments against Russian nationals and groups.

“Given the facts alleged in this indictment, not even President Trump should doubt that the Russian government’s effort to subvert our last election was real, that the conspiracy was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and damaging Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP senator says idea that Ukraine interfered in US election is 'not a conspiracy theory' Cotton: Democrats are 'upset that their witnesses haven't said what they want them to say' Trump's troubles won't end with a Senate acquittal MORE, and that Russian operatives were both present in the United States and aided by co-conspirators on the ground,” Nadler said in his statement.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said that the allegations laid out in Mueller’s indictments “should lay to rest any assertions by President Trump that the Special Counsel’s investigation is a ‘hoax’ or a ‘witch hunt.’”

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“At this point, any step President Trump may take to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation — including removing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, or threatening to remove Special Counsel Mueller directly — will have to be seen as a direct attempt to aid the Russian government in attacking American democracy,” Nadler concluded.

Trump has attacked Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” in the past, and reportedly ordered that Mueller be fired last year. However, White House counsel Don McGahn allegedly refused Trump’s order and threatened to quit over the move.

Mueller filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three organizations, alleging they used fake personas and stole the identities of real U.S. citizens to influence the election. The charges echo past findings by U.S. intelligence agencies.