It’s nearly two years into President Donald Trump’s first term in office, and almost as long for federal investigations into his campaign’s connections to Russia. After two bombshell news reports Friday and Saturday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle took to the airwaves Sunday morning and talked at length about those probes. Their reactions highlight the divergent—and perhaps irreconcilable—narratives that America’s left and right believe about the Trump-Russia saga.
On Friday evening, The New York Times reported that after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, the FBI began to investigate whether Trump was working for Russia. On Saturday, The Washington Post revealed that Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from his own administration, going so far as to take his interpreter’s notes. Democrats saw the stories as more cause for concern about Trump’s relationship with Russia, while Republicans largely defended the president and derided the left’s interest in the issue as a partisan obsession that has seeped into law-enforcement institutions.
Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and a leader of its bipartisan investigation that runs parallel to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, condemned Trump for the secrecy surrounding his conversations with Putin, saying that he “broke all protocol” in limiting aides and confiscating notes.