Should Congress appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties? | The Tylt
Members of the Senate are calling for Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into President Trump's alleged ties with Russia. Proponents say Republicans can't be trusted to investigate their own party. Critics say calls for a special prosecutor are premature—both Senate and House Intelligence Committees, as well as the FBI, are investigating the matter. What do you think?
Should Congress appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump-Russia ties?
A poll from CNN/ORC International found that 65 percent of Americans support appointing a special prosecutor and only 32 percent of Americans think a Republican-led Congress is able to effectively investigating Trump. Democrats and several Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor, so the allegations of Russian influence can finally be put to rest. Either the investigation will uncover wrongdoing or it will exonerate Trump and his staff.
But Schumer argued that public support and Trump's tweets over the weekend, accusing President Obama of wiretapping his phones during the campaign, bolster the need for someone outside of the Justice Department's chain of command to look into the issue.
"My Republican colleagues should understand what they know in their hearts is the right thing to do," he said. "Do a strong, impartial investigation and get to the bottom of this."
Republicans like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie say a special prosecutor is unnecessary because the House and Senate, as well as the FBI, are all leading separate investigations into the allegations of Russian hacking and influence. Another investigation on top of that would only add to the chaos and potentially undermine the investigations currently underway.
Christie, speaking Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," said the U.S. Justice Department and House and Senate intelligence committees are perfectly capable of investigating possible improper contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials during the presidential campaign.
"When a special prosecutor gets involved, the thing gets completely out of control," Christie said.
I'll use every possible tool to block DOJ Deputy AG nominee unless he commits to appoint independent special prosecutor— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 5, 2017
If Democrats want to investigate "influence" in our elections why don't they demand a special prosecutor to look into OUR own media?— Greg West (@GregWest_HALOJM) March 3, 2017