After the sudden firing of James Comey, Mitch McConnell is now forced to choose between either country or party. Guess which one he chose?
Senator McConnell (R-Kentucky) is resisting calls to appoint a special prosecutor, arguing that it would only complicate ongoing Republican-led investigations by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Earlier Wednesday morning, McConnell cryptically said there was “too much at stake” for a new investigator to take over the Trump/Russia probe, despite calls from his Republican colleagues to have an independent voice conduct a thorough investigation.
CNN anchor John Berman initially reported the news that Sen. McConnell would oppose a special prosecutor to oversee the Russia inquiry:
JUST NOW: McConnell says new investigation will only impede current work on Russia investigations.
(so no special prosecutor or committee)
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) May 10, 2017
However, this flies in the face of Senators like John McCain and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), both of whom raised suspicions about the timing of Trump’s firing of Comey on Tuesday evening. Sen. McCain — one of the most senior Republicans in the Senate — is joining two other Republicans (Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Carlos Curbelo of Forida in calling for a special prosecutor.
It remains unknown whether or not Sen. McConnell and President Trump will get their way, given overwhelming calls from both House and Senate Democrats and Republicans alike to appoint an independent investigator to continue the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged communications with Russian operatives during the 2016 election. Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe is slated to take Comey’s place in a Senate hearing on Thursday about the agency’s progress in the investigation.
As ResistanceReport.com reported last month, the current investigation led by Senate Republicans has just a small skeleton crew of seven staffers working on the Trump/Russia inquiry, as opposed to the 46 Congressional staffers who worked on the Benghazi investigation against Hillary Clinton (who was ultimately vindicated at the conclusion of the probe).
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at tom.v.cah[email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.