Now that President Donald Trump is heading into a new period of intensified scrutiny from congressional Democrats, even as the special counsel's investigation approaches its climax, Trump's political health - and, possibly, his survival as well - depend more than ever on the massive propaganda apparatus that is busily toiling away on his behalf.
In addition to this, Mueller was authorized to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with that subversion effort, and other matters that arose in the process.
One person the U.S. president didn't mention in his two-hour CPAC speech was his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who testified before several congressional committees this week where he called Trump a "con man" and "racist".
In dramatic congressional testimony Wednesday broadcast across the world on cable and USA network channels, Cohen turned on his former boss, using the big stage to describe Trump as a "mobster", "con man", "cheat" and a "racist".
Cohen told Congress in testimony last week that he was cooperating with Manhattan federal prosecutors on several ongoing probes and flagged other potential illegal activity by Trump. "And as you know the [former] attorney general [Jeff Sessions] said, 'I am going to recuse myself.' And I said, 'Why the hell didn't he tell me that before I put him in?'"
The judiciary chairman said he would initiate investigations into Trump for abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction of justice.
Past administrations, both Democratic and Republican, have said a president's ability to conduct foreign affairs requires an ability to shield both internal discussions and global negotiations from the reach of Capitol Hill.
Gergen noted that House committees "have a long history", but warned the Democrats must not "overplay their hands". At that time, Republicans said, over Democratic objections, that there was no evidence to show that Trump's campaign colluded or conspired with Russian Federation. In his testimony, Mr Cohen acknowledged he did not witness or know directly of collusion between Trump aides and Russian Federation but had his "suspicions". After Cohen left, Schiff announced that the committee will hold an open hearing later this month with Felix Sater, a Russia-born executive who worked with Cohen on an ultimately unsuccessful deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. "We're going to check" - these people are sick".
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The President reacted to his worsening plight with a vehement defense on Sunday, after a week in which testimony from his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen deepened his political vulnerability and ahead of the expected filing soon of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
"The whole thing's ridiculous", Ernstmeyer said.
In American television channel ABC's "This Week" program, Nadler said the Republicans have been protecting Donald Trump from proper accountability, threatening "to impeach justice department officials".
"I think Congressman Nadler made a decision to impeach the president the day the president won the election", Mr McCarthy said.
The involvement of prosecutors from the Washington, D.C., USA attorney's office and the National Security Division means those three cases - all central to the issue of Russian interference - can continue after Mueller hands his report to the attorney general, a move expected any time that will mark the end of his work. Mr. Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation.
The Brooklyn native, at 71 - one year younger than his White House nemesis - went into battle in the 1980s against Trump's NY real estate projects as a state assemblyman, and since then the two have never made up.
The president spoke for a rambling two hours and 20 minutes about everything from being "lonely, [so] I said, "Let's go to Iraq, '" to mocking Jeff Sessions" Southern accent.