By POLITICO Staff – November 13, 2018 07:30:13A week after the election, GOP Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said the Trump administration should resign over the alleged “tarmac meeting” with Russia’s ambassador.
“We have a president who should be subject to the law,” Burr said on MSNBC.
“He should resign.”
The Virginia Republican added that he was “not sure” if the meeting took place during the election.
Burr also said Trump should be investigated over the allegation that he misled the public about his involvement in the Trump Tower meeting, during which he was overheard saying the president “should have been more cooperative.”
Trump’s transition team had repeatedly insisted that the meeting with the Russian ambassador was in fact the result of a business trip that occurred during the transition.
It was the first public appearance by Trump at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow since he took office on Jan. 20.
The Trump administration has not publicly responded to the allegations of the “tampon meeting.”
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, also called for the president to resign.
“There should be a full investigation into the president’s conduct,” Cornyn said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Cornyn also accused Trump of obstructing justice.
“If you want to be president of the United States of America, you have to be a citizen of the country,” Cornuyn said.
“And the president is not a citizen.
So, I think he should step aside and let a special prosecutor handle it.”
Burr is the first Republican senator to call for Trump to resign over alleged Russian interference in the U,S.
The GOP senator said on Monday that the president must resign and that he “absolutely” would have to resign as well.
Burr said he would not support any impeachment effort.
“The president is a citizen, he has to be,” Burr told Fox News.
“So let’s be clear: the president should resign and let the special prosecutor deal with it.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday released a letter from its chairman, Republican Sen. Mark Warner, calling on the White House to produce any and all records about the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian officials.
Warner said he was also “extremely concerned” about the prospect of impeachment, noting that former President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 for the same reason.
“I’m concerned that President Trump’s involvement in this matter may be impeachable,” Warner said.