GOP congressman calls for special prosecutor in Russian Federation investigation

The Russian government had denied any role in hacking Democratic targets to sway the United States election to President Donald Trump - an allegation leveled by the U.S. intelligence agencies during the final days of the Obama administration.

In an interview on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday, Issa called for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties with Russian Federation, saying Congress could not responsibly leave the task to Trump's recently appointed attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

When asked if he'd let it slide in Trump's administration, Issa said again, just as quickly: "No".

Maher:"And Jeff Sessions must recuse himself, in the same way Loretta Lynch recused herself because he was part of the Trump campaign".

Speaking Friday night on "Real Time with Bill Maher" show, Issa said that an investigation should also be carried out by the Senate and House intelligence committees because Jeff Sessions might be biased on certain levels and that would not lead to a proper probe.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that dicussions about Sessions or a special prosecutor wouldn't be appropriate until congressional committees complete their investigations.

Though Trump has said there's no validity to these claims, any internal investigation into Trump and Russian Federation would be led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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"At some point we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about", Sanders said.

Gen. Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the issue because of his role as a prominent Trump supporter during the campaign, and to appoint an independent special prosecutor to carry out a Russian Federation probe.

"Here's the reason we're going to have to do it, Bill", the congressman said.

He described Russian president Vladimir Putin as a "bad guy" who has murdered his political enemies.

"Now, we have to work with them".

See Issa's conversation with Maher below. We don't have to trust them.

  • Adam Floyd