The calls are getting louder in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey for Democrats to block Trump’s nominee to be the next FBI Director until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate Trump and Russia.
Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ken Gude said, “We need a special prosecutor, and we need one right now. Every step of the way, President Trump has tried to stifle or kill the Russia investigation. Any notion that Trump would fire FBI Director Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation is a red herring. No new FBI Director should be confirmed until a special prosecutor is appointed to lead a truly independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders said that Trump nominated FBI Director won’t be able to carry out an independent investigation, “President Trump has repeatedly taken steps to kill inquiries into Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election. It is clear that whomever President Trump handpicks to lead the FBI will not be able to objectively carry out this investigation. We need an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.”
The top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said, “The same President who has called the investigation into the Russian hacking of our democracy and the potential complicity of his campaign a ‘fake,’ cannot pretend to have made such a decision uninfluenced by his concerns over Comey’s continued involvement in the investigation. It is more imperative than ever that an independent prosecutor be appointed to restore a modicum of public confidence – now completely lacking – that the criminal investigation will continue without further interference by the White House.”
The consensus for an independent investigation is already there for Democrats. The fact that Sanders is already casting doubt about Trump’s nominee and activists are calling for the nominee to be blocked until there is a special prosecutor shows a roadmap to what may be coming next.
Democrats should block Trump’s nominee for FBI Director until a special prosecutor is appointed. Anything less would be allowing Trump and congressional Republicans to get away with obstruction of justice. It is time for every concerned American to tell Democrats to block Trump’s nominee until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate the Russia scandal.