Someone has to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, and the government clearly won’tby David McGowan / May 10, 2017 / Leave a comment
As Washington reacts to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, suspicion is rife that it is linked to the ongoing bureau investigation into the president’s ties to Russia. As we might expect, leading Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer have called for a special prosecutor on the issue. But even Republicans have joined in the criticism of Donald Trump’s decision. Richard Burr, who is leading the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference into the election, has said he is “troubled” by the timing and reasoning of Comey’s exit. Congressman Justin Amash tweeted that he was “reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia.”
By now, it should be painfully obvious that the government—both the executive and legislative branches—is both incapable of and fundamentally uninterested in investigating the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. The Comey episode is only the latest chapter in a campaign of disinformation and betrayal of the public trust across both the House of Representatives and the White House, which has already forced Congressman Devin Nunes, chair of the House committee on intelligence, to step aside from its probe on Russia.
So are those calling for a special prosecutor right to do so?
These appointments have a colourful history, and both their mandates and the procedures underlying their appointment are not widely understood, even in the United States. The most famous special prosecutor in modern times may be Archibald Cox, appointed to investigate Watergate by then Attorney General Elliot Richardson. After being subpoenaed to hand o…