More Republicans Want to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia
During the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. The “bromance” continued after he assumed office. At the same time, more and more evidence has surfaced showing ongoing communications between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
This led to one senior level official to be forced out of office. Michael Flynn served only 24 days as Trump’s head of the National Security Agency (NSA) before being forced to resign. Now, it has been discovered that Attorney General Jeff Sessions also had repeated contacts with the Russian ambassador and has recused himself from any investigations on the matter. Other high level Trump advisors who communicated with the Russian government include Jared Kushner (son in law and confidant), Carter Page (former advisor on foreign relations) and Paul Manafort (former campaign manager).
Law makers on both sides of Capitol Hill are weighing in
All of this comes amid the fact that 17 intelligence agencies have said that Russia is responsible for hacking during the campaign. Both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign were hacked. While Democrats on Capitol Hill have been chomping at the teeth to get an investigation going into any links but Republicans have been more wary. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently went on the program Real Time with Bill Maher in which he says that he thinks a special prosecutor is needed to look into this matter. Issa used to be the chairman of the influential House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
Pressure is also coming from the Senate side of the Capitol. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN:
“Clearly, it was not the will of most Republicans,” McCain said. “There’s a lot of aspects with this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there’s a lot of shoes to drop from this centipede.”
It is unclear what will happen with this but it is certain that this problem is not going away.
Here is the full McCain interview with CNN:
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