Demand a special prosecutor on Trump’s ties to Russia
Here’s the story from the New York Daily News:
WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shrugged off President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, dismissing Democratic calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only serve to impede the current work being done,” McConnell declared as nearly all Democratic senators looked on, waiting to hear whether the majority leader would make any criticism of Trump after his shocking move.
McConnell used Trump’s talking points, pointing out that Democrats had been very critical of Comey, while holding up the Senate Intelligence Committee’s current investigation as a reason why a special prosecutor was both unnecessary and unhelpful.
But the Senate Intelligence Committee doesn’t have subpoena power, and has relied on information provided by the FBI to conduct its own investigation. A weakening of the FBI undercuts any chances to actually get to the bottom of whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) responded by reiterating his call for a special prosecutor, and adding a request that McConnell called a special all-senators briefing with both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to figure out what happened ahed of Trump’s firing of Comey.
“I hope the majority leader agrees with me that we need to get to the bottom of this and get a handle on all the facts,” he declared. “Nothing less is at stake than the American people’s faith in the justice system and integrity of the executive branch of our democratic government.”