Two prominent Democratic leaders are calling for an independent special investigator or council to handle the investigation of Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the aftermath of President Trump’s controversial firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.
Speaking on NBC’S Meet the Press aired on Sunday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said that a non-partisan special investigator is needed who is not from either party to carry out an investigation alongside the FBI director.
“If you have an independent special prosecutor, then you really have the ability to get to the bottom of this, so it matters in terms of who the FBI director is. You need both of them really to have a lot of courage, to resist any pushback not to do the investigation” Sen. Schumer said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), a ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, explained on CBS’s Face the Nation that he thinks it is imperative to have an independent council investigating and noted he has concerns U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was directly involved with the recent firing last week of FBI Director James Comey and just recently interviewing new FBI director candidates on Saturday which comes after he had recused himself on March 2nd from anything involving Russia.
“The attorney general was supposed to have recused himself from anything involving Russia, and here he is, recommending the firing of the top cop doing the Russia investigation, in clear violation of what he, the attorney general, had committed to doing” Rep. Adam Schiff said on CBS’s Face the Nation.
“And now we have the attorney general participating in the interview of new directors of the F.B.I., underscoring, I think yet again how imperative it is we have an independent council” Rep. Schiff added.
Rep. Adam Schiff explained that the attorney general violated his recusal and should’ve played no role whatsoever in the FBI investigation.
“So the violation there is having a hand in how the investigation was going to be run” said Rep. Schiff on CBS’s Face the Nation.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by President Trump, wasn’t completely honest or transparent during his Senate confirmation hearings about his earlier contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak prior to the U.S. presidential election.
On March 2nd he wrote a statement confirming he recused himself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related to Trump’s campaign.
“Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in his March 2nd recusal statement.
According to a new NBC/Wall St. Journal poll, a clear majority of Americans, 78 percent, said they want an investigation into Russian involvement during the 2016 presidential election to be led by an independent commission or a special prosecutor.
Only 15 percent of Americans want an investigation led by Congress.
Recent U.S. presidential approval polls show that President Trump continues to have job approval ratings at record lows during this stage in the U.S. presidency.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll taken from May 11-13 shows that 39 percent of Americans approve while 54 percent disapprove.
Another Gallup Poll released on Sunday shows the same level of support, 39 percent, approve of President Trump while 56 percent disapprove.
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