For now, we know that Pearce likely knows Erickson, the man who lived with and connected a young Russian woman accused of using her influence to further financial and political sway between pro-gun Russian and US organizations and activists. What role Erickson has ever played for Pearce directly is unknown, but given the congressman’s deep pockets and generous donations from the NRA over the last decade, it’s certainly worth considering.
New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich is becoming a leading figure in the US Senate’s investigation of Russian involvement in American elections and collusion between Russian and President Trump’s campaign.
After quizzing fired FBI Director James Comey last week, Heinrich was also featured as a key questioner of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during this week’s hearings. And Heinrich pulled no punches in his assessment of the attorney general’s cooperation. Senator Martin Heinrich accuses Jeff Sessions of impeding the investigation by not answering questions. pic.twitter.com/BFBZoWF5GB
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) June 13, 2017
A recap from Business Insider captured the exchange:
Sen. Martin Heinrich aggressively questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday over his decision not to share details of his conversations with President Donald Trump. During a highly-anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, the New Mexico Democrat confronted Sessions about his refusal to reveal non-classified conversations with the president after Sessions dodged a question about whether Trump expressed dissatisfaction over Sessions’ recusal from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
What now? Where does it go from here? Will we see a call for the impeachment of our 45th President? Will the testimony of James Comey finally bring this administration to the screeching halt it has been flirting with since day one?