Spicer: Special prosecutor? For what?
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 0:09
Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), an early supporter of President Donald Trump's whose district narrowly voted for Hillary Clinton a year ago, said over the weekend that the Justice Department should consider appointing a special counsel to probe any links between the Kremlin and Trump associates.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian interference, said Sessions should not lead the investigation because it represents a conflict.
Issa made the comments to talk show host Bill Maher on HBO.
The FBI is now conducting its own investigation into the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, and allegations of contact between Russians known to USA intelligence and advisers on the Trump campaign.
Maher continued, asking if Issa believed Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be involved in any such probe, given his involvement in the presidential campaign. "You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office", Issa said.
When he presses the representative on how Congress will proceed with investigations, Issa is strikingly clear.
Spicer also argued the Federal Bureau of Investigation, intelligence agency leaders and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes have repeatedly said there is no evidence of wrongdoing. "We have now for six months seen story after story about unnamed sources saying the same thing over and over again and nothing's come of it", Spicer said.
Now, we have to work with them. "And at this point, what are we going to appoint a special prosecutor to do exactly, to chase stories of American citizens that end up in newspaper articles?"
Spicer also repeated a claim by President Trump, that he hasn't called Russian Federation 'for years'.
"Those prosecutors should not be reporting to the first senator who endorsed Donald Trump's campaign, who served on the same campaign committee as Michael Flynn, and who nominated Donald Trump at the Republican convention", Democratic majority leader Chuck Schumer said at a press conference last week.
As the Senate Intelligence Committee looks into Russia's attempts to influence the last USA election, Sen.
He also said that his committee has 'broadened the scope of the investigation to include any involvement in our elections here, and of course any ties that there might be to any government officials at any level'.
He said that the connection has been "investigated up and down", when, actually, it hasn't.
Intelligence officials said past year that Russian hackers targeting Democratic rival Hillary Clinton played a role in the 2016 election, and then-President Barack Obama followed those reports with sanctions.