Senator John McCain just said that Congress has lost all credibility in regards to the probe of Russian connections with the 2016 Trump campaign.
“It’s a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I’m calling for this select committee or a special committee, is I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone,” McCain told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren. “And I don’t say that lightly.”
McCain has long advocated for forming an independent committee to investigate the issue, but Republican congressional leaders have thus far refused to do so.
But Republican claims that they are capable of properly overseeing this investigation have been called into question after the actions of Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes. The committee chairman alleged to have seen evidence that U.S. intelligence did in fact monitor members of Trump’s transition team, and then subverted protocol by sharing his information with the president before the rest of the committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat in the committee, said that Nunes’ decision to share his information with the president before the committee had access to it has compromised the investigation.
Schiff: Nunes needs to decide if he's chairman of an independent investigation or a surrogate of the White House https://t.co/0Ffvm0fOWW
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 22, 2017
Like McCain, Schiff and other top Democrats have also called for an independent commission to handle the Russia-Trump investigation in reaction to Nunes’ actions.
“I think it does underscore the importance of establishing an independent commission, a body that is fully independent of any political considerations including those that may emanate from the White House,” Schiff said. “That would certainly give me a lot of confidence that in addition to whatever work our committee does and the Senate intelligence committee does, that there is a truly independent body that is looking into the grave issues that have been raised.”
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