Darrell Issa, R-California, said Friday that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the alleged Russian hacking of the US elections and also whether any of President Donald Trump's campaign associates had contacts with Russian officials.
Rep. Darrell Issa said on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday that the Senate and House intelligence committees should investigate any links, and said Attorney Jeff Sessions can't lead the probe without appearing compromised. Maher presented the Republican representative with a hypothetical scenario - if Russians had hacked the campaign of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 and if there had a.
Issa, who supported Trump, said "there may or may not be fault" uncovered.
He said the House and Senate Intelligence committees should pursue their investigation into the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The assessment by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal White House deputy press secretary, comes as a growing number of Democrats are calling for Sessions, who was a key figure in Trump's campaign, to step aside as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department probe what happened.
"An independent prosecutor", Maher interjected to Issa's nod of agreement. "You are going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office", he said. You can't just give it to your deputy. "That's another political appointee". This is a bad guy who murders people who runs a gas station with an economy the size of Italy but is screwing up things all over the world that we've been doing "working with". "When Sessions and [Michael] Flynn are out there together campaigning, they clearly lack the authority and the objectivity to conduct that investigation". We don't have to trust them.
"The American people need to understand whether the Russians, in cahoots with the Trump folks and others rigged the election", Perez said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Trump has repeatedly defended Putin. "What, you think our country's so innocent?" "I think that this is a pretty similar scenario", Huckabee Sanders said. "To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does".