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I think the legislative agenda has pretty much ground to a halt until you get the Comey episode dealt with. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, agrees. .feedback
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We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Lindsey Graham is associated, including term and world. Most recently, Lindsey Graham has been quoted saying: “How can you subpoena somebody to come to Congress when they're under criminal investigation? You can't.” in the article Rosenstein heads back to Capitol Hill Friday to brief House members.
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You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over. Right now, it is a counterintelligence investigation, not a criminal investigation. So you don't need a special prosecutor.feedback

It's now time to pick somebody who comes from within the ranks, or has such a reputation that has no political background at all that can go into the job on Day 1. The president has a chance to clean up the mess he mostly created. I have no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians at all ... but we don't know all the evidence yet.feedback

Russia didn't change the outcome of the election, but they sure as hell tried. And I want to punish the Russians. And I hope the president will see their interference as a threat to our democracy.feedback

The president needs to back off here and let the investigation go forward.feedback

I have no evidence that the Trump business organization did anything illegal with the Russians. I have no evidence of collusion. But do I want to know about business ties? Yes.feedback

The president's meeting with Lavrov today. It's okay to want to work with the Russians, but I hope, Mr. President, you know who you're dealing with. You're dealing with a man who represents a government that is brutal, that tried to undermine our elections and, be careful, these are not teddy bears you're dealing with.feedback

Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well. I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation's interests.feedback

This is nothing new here. I'm not a prosecutor. But if you ask me if I want to know if there are any Trump business ties to Russia that are inappropriate, the answer would be 'yes.feedback

The Senate is the place, still, in my view, where you deliberate, you have a say, you vote.feedback

A bill - finalized yesterday, has not been scored, amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate - should be viewed with caution.feedback

He'll text you all the time. It will be like, Thanks,' or 'Why the hell did you say that?feedback

At first, I think Reince wanted to be the gatekeeper, the guy who has control of who comes in and out all day. But you can't do that with – he won't let you. I think he's learned to play a different role by necessity. He has to stick with organizing things. He has to be the connective tissue. I think he gets that.feedback

I look forward to carefully reviewing the House-passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.feedback

But any bill that has been posted less than 24 hours – going to be debated three or four hours, not scored – needs to be viewed with suspicion.feedback

Don't know what it's in it. Waiting to see if it's a boy or a girl.feedback

From my point of view, we pretty well got our clock cleaned.feedback

I think the Democrats cleaned our clock. There are things in this bill that I just don't understand. This was not winning from the Republican point of view.feedback

I got the sense that he's not going to take this fight too far. That he understand border security's important and the wall's important but he's not going to overplay his hand. Here's the challenge to the Democrats ... are you going to overplay your hand? I don't know what Schumer wants. If he wants a government shutdown, be careful what you wish for.feedback

If you can make this about better border security, the president's in good shape. If he wants a 2,200 mile wall, I don't think he's going to get the votes to support that.feedback

It would be terrible, but the war would be over [in South Korea], it wouldn't be here.feedback

So if a missile were launched from North Korea in the next year we could knock it down?feedback

If I win, fine. If I don't, fine. But here's what you're going to get from me. You're going to get somebody that tells you exactly what I believe. And to everybody in this room, it's okay to be mad. It's okay to be upset.feedback

Ambassador Haley just said on your program, You'll never end the war with Assad in power. So that means regime change is now the policy of the Trump administration. That's at least what I've heard.feedback

This is better than doing nothing. This is a step in the right direction.feedback

Here's what I think Assad's telling Trump by flying from this base: 'F you'. I'll say this, if you kill babies with conventional bombs, it's still a moral outrage. I'm glad Trump did this. He is no longer Obama in the eyes of our enemies but he needs to do more to close the deal. There's a new sheriff in town.feedback

When Rand Paul talks about, this is legal,' he has no idea what he's talking about. There is absolutely no requirement, in my view, to go to Congress.feedback

I think it will make every Senate seat even more important, and future Senate campaigns are going to be more referendums on the Court than they've ever been, because every seat matters. If you don't have to get 60 votes, then the simple majority gives the ability to control the courts, so every Senate seat is going to have that component to it now. It means that judges in the future will probably be more ideological, because without having to reach across the aisle, you will have a more ideological pick.feedback

To suggest that Assad is an acceptable leader for the Syrian people is to ignore the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people by the Assad regime.feedback

It's simply impossible to shame the Assad and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin regimes with words alone.feedback

When you complain about Garland, it's the arsonist complaining about the fire.feedback

The Senate's traditions are going to change over this man. This says more about the Senate than it does Judge Gorsuch.feedback

If I have to, I will vote to change rules because I am not going to allow President Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you're mad and you can't accept the outcome of an election.feedback

You know, Flynn said himself, If you want immunity, you must, you know, be guilty.feedback

We're going to talk about the Flynn deal. It's getting weirder by the day, isn't it? Yeah. Let's see what kind of business dealings he had. So, when issues arise, about people around the campaign or in the Trump administration have deals that don't sound right or look right, we'll look at it.feedback

I think we need border security funding. But I think building a 2,220-mile wall is a waste of money.feedback

I think he put his objectivity in question at the very least.feedback

He's gone off on a lark by himself, a sort of Inspector Clouseau investigation here.feedback

Here's the way it works, sir. The president of the United States gets to pick their Cabinet.feedback

Good! Good! Come on, bring it on! Bring it on! If I win, fine. If I don't, fine. But here's what you're going to get from me. You're going to get somebody that tells you exactly what I believe. And to everybody in this room, it's okay to be mad. It's okay to be upset. No politician should stand in the way … what happens, happens. I don't know about you, but I'm glad she's there. I think she's a pretty smart lady. I think that's a bunch of garbage when it comes to me. I don't think I've obstructed anything.feedback

To everybody that boos Judge Gorsuch, you're not persuading me at all. As a matter of fact, if you can't understand this is a qualified nominee, then you're not listening. In fact, most Muslims hate radical Islam more than you do because they're the ones getting killed the most. Let's realize that the election didn't go the way some of you wanted, and there's another one coming. I realize that I haven't voted for a winning president in 12 years, but my obligations are the same to those who win the job, (and that's) to try to help them when I can.feedback

When you lose an election, you've got to accept the consequences of somebody else making decisions you wouldn't like. But you can't understand that because you're so upset, and let me tell you, I understand upset people. My judgment is that I would give (Trump) the same deference that I gave President Obama.feedback

Good! Bring it on – we're going to have an election in 2020. Here's what I'm going to do: Between now and 2020, I'm not (gonna) worry about losing my job. I'm not worried about you not voting for me. You know what I am worried about? Our country. Do you have any idea that ... I could keep this job 200 years, just keeping [Democrats] mad and nobody else, but you know what I've chosen? I've chosen to try apparently to make a lot of people mad.feedback

I'm a proud conservative who realizes that this country needs to come together and, to the extent that I can help bring us together, I will.feedback

If you don't understand that elections matter, then you don't understand America.feedback

I am very suspicious of that being enough time given what's going on here.feedback

I don't know if he violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act, but it's something I think we all need to know more about.feedback

Clearly, if he's getting millions of dollars from a billionaire close to Putin, to basically undermine democratic movements, that's something I'd want to know about. I doubt if Trump knew about it.feedback

I think President Trump, with all of his problems and all of his mistakes, chose wisely when it came to this man.feedback

What's happened? Did the Constitution change? I don't think so, I think politics has changed. I think it's changed in a fashion that we should all be ashamed of as senators, and I think we're doing great damage to the judiciary by politicizing every judicial nomination.feedback

That's basically taking money to stop the spread of democracy, and that would be very disturbing to me.feedback

A lot of people say a lot of silly things. I am not going to say anything here that would give anybody any idea how I'd rule on any case.feedback

Do you agree with me that the Detainee Treatment Act prevents waterboarding?feedback

If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with. I didn't believe it.feedback

What happened between now and then, how did we go from being able to being able to understand that Scalia was a well-qualified conservative and [Judge Ruth Bader] Ginsberg was a well-qualified liberal? I don't know how we got there, but I hope we turn around and go back. Because what we're doing is going to tear apart the judiciary.feedback

Here's what I would prefer he do. If he can't get us in a good spot where we all feel comfortable, we've improved Obamacare dramatically, which we told people we would: Let it collapse. Democrats are not going to lift a finger to help President Trump. I would do collapse-and-replace if you can't get a good, solid fix to Obamacare using reconciliation.feedback

The longer it takes to answer that question the more suspicious I get.feedback

The Congress needs to know what it's doing. If you're going to have multiple congressional investigations and there is a criminal investigation, we're going to run into it.feedback

I think the country wants to know if there's something there there.feedback

I want to get to the bottom of it. The F.B.I. would know if a warrant was issued. They would know if a warrant was applied for. I want to answer that question.feedback

We have jurisdiction over the FBI. It wasn't a complicated letter, so I expect some kind of reply. This is not an unreasonable request, it should be answered.feedback

They're about to screw up big time if they keep running to the intel committee and not answer that letter.feedback

At the end of the day, we should pause and try to improve the product in light of the CBO analysis rather than just rejecting it.feedback

I'm getting very ill-tempered over this. If I were the FBI Director, who I like, I would respond to my letter ... before I publicly testify because you'll run afoul of the Judiciary Committee.feedback

It's dead on arrival. What's most disturbing about the cut in the State Department's budget, it shows a lack of understanding.feedback

I expect them to come forward as to whether or not a warrant was obtained or sought.feedback

We would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously.feedback

We would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously. We would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower.feedback

The president has asked congress to look into whether or not his campaign was wiretapped by the Obama administration. I will take up that challenge. The whole purpose of this is to see if a warrant was issued directed at the Trump campaign.feedback

I believe the new order will withstand legal challenges as it's drafted in a fashion as to not be a religious ban, but a ban on individuals coming from compromised governments and failed states. This Executive Order will help achieve President Trump's goal of making us safer.feedback

I would be very worried if, in fact, the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with a foreign government.feedback

I'm very worried that our president is suggesting that the former president has done something illegally.feedback

I think Donald Trump has an ability to solve the problem unlike anybody in recent times. We always pass the bill in the Senate like 68 votes. It goes to the House. My Republican colleagues in the House -- it always dies. I think Trump has the ability to tell the right, you know, this is a good deal, take it.feedback

Somebody other than Jeff needs to do it.feedback

If there is something there and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make that decision about Trump.feedback

I have full confidence in Jeff Sessions serving as Attorney General.feedback

If there is something there, and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make this decision about Trump.feedback

It's dead on arrival. It's not gonna happen. It would be a disaster. If you take soft power off the table then you're never going to win the war. What's most disturbing about the cut in the State Department's budget is it shows a lack of understanding of what it takes to win the war.feedback

I think it it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear programme.feedback

I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they've done outside the nuclear program. Iran is a bad actor in the greatest sense of the word when it comes to the region. To Iran, I say, if you want us to treat you differently then stop building missiles, test-firing them in defiance of U.N. resolution and writing 'Death to Israel' on the missile. That's a mixed message.feedback

I believe he is the right guy at the right time. He'll be Trump's voice. Trump won the election.feedback

I think most Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a General Flynn rogue maneuver, or was he basically speaking for somebody else in the White House.feedback

The one-president-at-a-time policy I think has served the country well. The idea that (Flynn) did this on his own without any direction is a good question to ask.feedback

Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief. To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression.feedback

Judge Gorsuch is probably the best pick he could have made.feedback

You can't lose the election and expect to have the government represent what you think we should be doing.feedback

It'd be sad to me if we have to go that route with a man like this. But he's going to get confirmed.feedback

He's going to get confirmed. It's just a matter of when and how.feedback

We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila or margaritas is a big-time bad idea.feedback

To continue to suggest that the 2016 election was conducted in a fashion that millions of people voted illegally undermines faith in our democracy.feedback

As a matter of fact I'd like you to do more than stop saying it. I'd like you to come forward and say having looked at it I am confident the election was fair and accurate and people who voted voted legally. Cause if he doesn't do that, this is going to undermine his ability to govern this country.feedback

Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests.feedback

Bottom line is, if you don't want to do anything about what Russia did, if you don't believe they're a good candidate for additional sanctions, I think a lot of people are going to look at you as not having the judgment for the job.feedback

He's going to be the defender of the free world here pretty soon. All I'm asking him is to acknowledge that Russia interfered, and push back. It could be Iran next time. It could be China.feedback

Even though it didn't affect the outcome, they tried to interfere. And they need to pay a price.feedback

Israel is always the bad guy in the eyes of the United Nations.feedback

When you compromise one political party, you compromise all political parties.feedback

So 2017 is a year of offence and we're going to tell our colleagues what's at stake if we don't push back.feedback

We intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.feedback

I predict there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly (President Vladimir) Putin as an individual.feedback

I think the sanctions need to go beyond what it is today, they need to name Putin as an individual and his inner circle because nothing happens in Russia without his knowledge and approval.feedback

You can expect that the Congress will investigate the Russian involvement in our elections and there will be bipartisan sanctions coming that will hit Russia hard, particularly Putin as an individual.feedback

It is now time for Russia to understand – enough is enough.feedback

Price "has been the heart and soul of the Republican alternative to Obamacare. I can't imagine any Republican voting against him.feedback

I'd vote for him. I like Jeff. He was the early, only supporter for Donald Trump in the Senate. And I believe Jeff Sessions has earned the right to serve President Trump in the highest levels, and I think he's a good, competent, capable man.feedback

They are a bad actor in the world, they need to be reined in.feedback

All Americans should follow her counsel and try to work with our next president.feedback

Trump "will need all the help he can get given the many challenges we face as a nation.feedback

The story of this election may be the mobilization of the Hispanic vote. So Trump deserves the award for Hispanic turnout. He did more to get them out than any Democrat has ever done.feedback

If you want to lose Saudi Arabia as an ally, be careful what you wish for. They're the heart and soul of the Islamic world.feedback

Now is not the time to say that we're going to nickel and dime Israel.feedback

Eventually this problem will get addressed again one of two ways: We find a breakthrough, which I will seek, or there will be another terrorist attack which will bring us right back to this issue. I hope we can do it without another terrorist attack.feedback

If we can't pass this, it truly is a broken system up here.feedback

Mr. Trump seems to be suggesting that the president is one of them, I find that highly offensive, I find that whole line of reasoning way off-base. Mr. Trump's reaction to declare war on the faith is the worst possible solution.feedback

We have become, actually, good friends. And that was a surprise to both of us.feedback

It's pretty clear to me that he's playing the race card. Trump is trying to ruin Curiel's life.feedback

It's hard to believe that in a nation of more than 300 million Americans Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be our choices for president. My position remains the same regarding both candidates running for president. I will do what I can in the Senate to help the next president. The next president will inherit a mess.feedback

The businessman's speech was "pathetic in terms of understanding the role America plays in the world.feedback

I told the White House I'd be supportive of a supplemental if they could show me where the money goes and what it could do.feedback

Our hope is that the Egyptian government can prove to the international community that they're sincerely responding to legitimate concerns while at the same time trying to maintain security.feedback

The Congress is going to be around no matter who is president. All of us, regardless of what Mr. Trump says or does, we are going to keep being who we are, so don't let the political scenes at home get you too upset. That's what I told the president.feedback

If we give the banner of the Republican party to Donald Trump, we tarnish it maybe forever. That might be the end of the Republican party as I know it.feedback

It's an odd alliance, but it's an alliance I feel comfortable with given my choices.feedback

While he has condemned Cruz's tactics and behaviors in the past, he is strategically the best alternative to stop Trump. He's certainly not my preference, Sen. Cruz is not. But he is a reliable Republican conservative which I've had many differences with. I doubt Donald Trump's conservative and I think he'd be a disaster for the party.feedback

I can't believe I would say yes, but yes.feedback

Donald Trump is not a conservative, so I don't trust him to pick a judge.feedback

I have concluded without any hesitation, any doubt, that Jeb Bush is worthy to be commanderinchief on day one.feedback

Jeb Bush is going to be a nominee that can win an election that as a party we can't afford to lose. He will be the president that can reset the world, bring us together and solve hard problems.feedback

The world is crazy right now. That's what this guy was. A crazy guy. Not in terms of being mentally incompetent – just being mean and hateful and crazy. I can't explain it.feedback

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