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Davis on Russia Investigation: 'Let The Judicial Process Play Out'

Rodney Davis speaks to reporters
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis during an appearance Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Bloomington.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian election interference has led to five convictions coming out of President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Should Mueller’s final report lay grounds for the president’s impeachment, his fate would lay in the hands of Congress.

"I hope the president realizes he's gotta do a better job of putting better people around him."

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis on Thursday would not directly comment on when and if action is needed from Congress.

“Well, I think this is in the judicial system, and let’s let the judicial system, just like the Mueller inquiry, work its way through its entirety,” said Davis, who was in Bloomington for a Connect Transit rubbon-cutting. “I think the president deserves an opportunity to tell his side of the story.”

The Republican from Taylorville said the president has had “a rough week.”

“He saw the conviction of a former campaign chairman on tax fraud, being Paul Manafort, and then Michael Cohen was going to be, and could possibly have been indicted for similar charges of tax fraud and bank fraud,” Davis said. “I hope the president realizes he’s gotta do a better job of putting better people around him.”

He said there are good people in Trump’s administration who are working to bring “historic economic growth” to the U.S.

"A lot of good things are happening when we partner with this administration in Washington that are benefiting the American people," Davis said, citing historically low unemployment rates.

Asked about Mueller’s investigation, Davis said it should continue “until its end point” but does not see any present evidence of Russian collusion.

The same day news of Manafort and Cohen broke, Mueller postponed Michael Flynn's trial citing the status of the investigation. Trump's first national security adviser pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI.

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