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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2016 file photo].

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2016 file photo].

On Sunday morning Senator Claire McCaskill (D) was interviewed on ABC.

On Donald Trump (r) divesting or not:

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Senator Claire McCaskill (D): Well, I just think it’s weird that he wants to be an executive producer of a TV show while he’s President of the United States. Um, I agree with Newt Gingrich. He doesn’t have to do that. And I think he can take major steps towards reassuring the American people that there can’t even be an appearance of impropriety for pay to play schemes, uh, under his administration.
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On investigating Russian involvement in the election:

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Senator McCaskill (D): Yeah. Absolutely. And by the way, um, this should be not only about protecting us going forward, but this is a form of warfare. Uh, for Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and a bully, and has friend around the globe we don’t want to be friends with, for him to be trying to impact our elections, that’s, we have to, there has to be, he has to be held accountable. And that’s [crosstalk] [Question: “How?”] why this has to, well, that’s, that’s, some of that’s classified, I believe, and I don’t think that’s something that we can discuss on TV. But, I’ve had briefings just this last week that indicate that this is a very serious issue for the American people to understand. And for Donald Trump to dismiss, out of hand, the intelligence community’s fact gathering is, frankly, um, doesn’t bode well for him protecting our country. I think he needs to not immediately react, and wait until he gets all the facts.
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On Donald Trump’s (r) cabinet picks:

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Senator McCaskill (D): Will, first of all his cabinet, I call it the three G cabinet. Goldman [Sachs], generals, and gazillionaires. And I think it’s one of those things that, um, for someone who has worked around the world for profit, it is different than working around the world to make sure we have strong alliances and to make sure that we are in the strongest position to protect our country. And I worry about the lack of experience that he has had on the diplomatic front, uh, and frankly, I think that’s true for many of the appointment’s to Trump’s cabinet. They haven’t had experience in the areas that they’re being asked to manage in a very complicated world and a very complicated government.
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On Harry Reid (D) calling for FBI Director James Comey’s resignation:

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Senator McCaskill (D): Well, I, I know this – that there were thousands and thousands of hours, um, given to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server and Benghazi. Uh, it seems to me we need bipartisanship now, to look at exactly what happened in this election and exactly the things that people like James Comey did. And put it in context and make sure we have all the facts, because I don’t think anyone is comfortable with, um, how this election played out. I’m not questioning that Donald Trump won the election, but there’s nothing more sacred than our Democratic process in the United States. And we’ve got to make sure that, put aside partisan politics, and make sure that we’re getting to the bottom of all of this.
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Answering a question framed around the myth of the primacy of economic anxiety among rural voters:

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Senator McCaskill (D): Well, I think it’s important that we show up. I think it’s important that e communicate directly with all those working people. Um, you know, I was really shocked his week that after all of this talk about coal miners and all of this talk about buy America the Republicans in the House of Representatives gutted health care and pension protections for coal miners and removed the buy America provision that had been put in the bill in a bipartisan basis. So, um, I think we’ve got to call out the Republicans where their, their walk doesn’t match their talk. And I think that we also have to make sure that we communicate clearly that we are the party that cares deeply in our core about working people in this country.
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Sure, if we get reduce the number of low information voters the republican political agenda is toast.

Previously:

Well, Senator McCaskill? (December 10, 2016)