“We’re going to have a very tough time stopping the spread and the spread,” Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator: ‘We’re a nation of laws’ Graham: Trump will be ’emperor’ of the universe if he runs for president MORE (R-S.C.) told reporters Monday as he and other Republican lawmakers gathered for the second day of the House Republican retreat.
“The president can’t get a deal done in the Senate.”
Graham said he believes the president should “start to focus” on negotiating with Democrats and said Republicans should hold hearings into alleged Russian interference in the election, which he called a “massive intrusion.”
“We have to talk about that and we have to start to focus on that,” Graham said.
“And then we have a chance to get this done.”
Republicans on the Hill are pushing back against accusations from Democrats that they are “bailing out” President Trump and his administration.
The Senate GOP retreat comes amid a deepening feud between the Trump administration and the White House.
Last week, the White Trump campaign abruptly ended a contract with the company that manufactures the cameras used to record the president and his family.
The decision sparked a major rift between the White and Trump camps.
House Republicans have said they have not had a chance, at least in theory, to reach a deal with the administration on a Russian investigation, but they said Monday they have a plan in place to “roll back” the president’s executive orders on immigration and trade.
“We don’t want to roll back any of the executive orders.
We don’t have a solution yet,” said Rep. Kevin Brady Kevin Patrick BradyCongress to consider Trump impeachment resolution: report Dems seek to delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one more day MORE (D-Texas), a former White House legislative affairs director.
The White House on Monday issued a statement claiming that Brady and other House Republicans were “bailouts for Trump” and claiming that they were in direct violation of a law designed to protect the president.
“The Whitehouse’s reckless and irresponsible decision to shut down the cameras during President Trump’s inauguration shows that their only goal is to bail out Trump and protect him from accountability,” the statement read.
“This is why the House of Representatives has a right to be informed of these matters and to hold them to account.”
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday accused Republicans of blocking a probe into whether Trump violated federal laws that shield foreign officials from prosecution by allowing his aides to travel with Russian diplomats.
“It is time for Congress to hold Trump accountable for his actions and get to the bottom of the matter,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Steny O’Hearn O’DwyerHouse passes bill to combat Trump travel ban on Russians House passes bill for Mueller probe MORE (Md.) said in a statement.
“I am calling on Congress to pass legislation that gives the American people a full accounting of the Whitehouse investigation, and requires the WhiteHouse to produce documents and documents related to any ongoing investigations.”
Democrats have accused Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP says they won’t hold Kavanaugh hearing until after Kavanaugh vote Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hackers target Sanders campaign | WikiLeaks files hack of GOP fund | Trump says he ‘won’t allow Russia to get ahead of us’ | Rosenstein calls for additional investigation into Trump ties to Russia Hillicon valley: Trump issues first pardons in 5 years | Trump takes another shot at Mueller | Trump asks Sessions to resign | Trump calls for an investigation of Comey MORE (Ky.), of obstructing the Russia probe, of using the White house as a platform for promoting Russian influence on American elections.
The House Intelligence Committee is also investigating the White.
Trump is the focus of multiple investigations and hearings, including a special prosecutor to look into possible obstruction of justice.
On Sunday, a former acting attorney general told Fox News that the White has failed to respond to multiple requests for information on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as any evidence of any wrongdoing by Trump.
“In my judgment, it’s not sufficient to just say ‘we don’t know,’ or ‘we have no idea,'” Sally Yates said in an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“We need to know.
And I think there’s more than enough information to make a determination.”
The former acting Attorney General also said the Justice Department has made “no attempt to determine whether any Trump campaign officials were in contact with Russians in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”