Sen. Ben Cardin: "Starting To Connect The Dots" Between Trump Campaign, Trump Business, And Russia


Sen. Ben Cardin, the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, comments on the news that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow, in an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin:

BROOKE BALDWIN: So, if Michael Cohen is telling the truth, what is the most concerning question for you right now?

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-MD), SENIOR MEMBER, FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Well, we're starting to connect dots. We know that there are a lot of individuals are connected directly with President Trump that were involved in matters involving Russia. So, we're now starting to see a pattern. We've seen this for over now several months. We're getting close to the end of the Mueller investigation, but this is pretty important information and I think it just underscores the importance of letting Mr. Mueller complete his investigation without any outside influence, particularly from the White House.

BALDWIN: As it's connecting the dots, it's also bringing his business into light here, the -- his finances, you know, thrust into investigation thanks to Michael Cohen. Now of course as we all remember was Trump's red line. Will Congress investigate Trump's business?

CARDIN: Well, not clearly we are seeing connections all around the same time between Mr. Trump's business dealings and Russia, the election of 2016 and Russia, people connected to both of those entities, all being now part of what Mr. Mueller has unveiled through indictments through plea agreements and we'll see through the report. So, yes, it is relevant to the investigation.

BALDWIN: Will you investigate it as a senator --

CARDIN: We'll see what his report shows.


CARDIN: I think right now I don't want to see any interference with the Mueller investigation. So I hope Mr. Mueller will certainly be presenting the information to the American people and then clearly Congress is going to have a responsibility to follow up on that.

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