- President Donald Trump hinted at “investigations” during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
- “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he continued. “It just doesn’t work that way!”
- This could refer to the more than a dozen investigations into his administration, 2016 presidential campaign, business, and charity.
- Follow along with all of INSIDER’s coverage of the State of the Union here.
President Donald Trump hinted at “investigations” during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States – and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations,” Trump said as a camera cut to Rep. Adam Schiff the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
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“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he continued. “It just doesn’t work that way!”
Some on Twitter compared the comment to former President Richard Nixon calling for the end of the Watergate investigation during his 1974 State of the Union address.
Trump was likely referring to the more than a dozen investigations into his administration, 2016 presidential campaign, business, and charity.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is looking into potential coordination between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, as well as possible obstruction of justice from the Trump administration.
Prosecutors in New York have also charged the president’s former attorney Michael Cohen with financial crimes, including campaign finance violations, to which Cohen pleaded guilty.
On Monday, prosecutors in Manhattan issued a subpoena to Trump’s inaugural committee, and is allegedly looking into finances and donors. Separately, United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn is looking into whether any of the record $US100 million raised by the inaugural committee was donated from foreign entities, The New York Times reported. Such donations would be a Federal Election Commission violation.
Trump’s remark also seems to be a message to the Democratic majority in the House, whose members now have subpoena power and have said that they will investigate the president.
Schiff is investigating Trump’s Russia ties. Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose committee is the watchdog for the executive branch, has also said he’ll investigate Trump-related issues. And Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has the power to start impeachment proceedings.
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