Sen. Schumer calls for investigation into the former National Security Adivser

Sen. Schumer calls for investigation into the former National Security Adivser

Sen. Schumer calls for investigation into the former National Security Adivser

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday called for an independent, outside investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in the wake of his resignation over unauthorized sanctions talks with Russian officials.

"The new Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not be the person to lead that investigation ... it is a clear conflict of interest", Schumer said on the Senate floor, citing Department of Justice regulations.

"Any investigation headed, directed by, or influenced by the Attorney General will be jaundiced from the very start".

He and other Democrats are demanding an "independent and transparent" investigation into the activities of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and other administration officials, to be conducted by "independent and unbiased" law enforcement officers, not Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media? Later that day, the New York Times reported that intercepted phone calls revealed that Trump's associates and campaign staffers had repeatedly communicated with senior Russian intelligence officials in 2016.

"I think there are a number of unanswered questions that need to be answered about the documents about whether there was a FISA order".

But Republicans continued to brush off demands from Democrats for a Watergate-style probe, insisting investigations underway by the House and Senate intelligence committees are adequate.

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Although Congress is investigating Russian interference in the USA election, the committees do not have "prosecutorial authority", Schumer said.

According to Schumer, "an independent and thorough investigation" is needed because without one there "is no guarantee this administration will take the decisive and immediate actions necessary to keep our country safe". And the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, can not be the person to lead that investigation.

"What I am calling for is an independent investigation". I want to read you the regulations from DOJ website. "What I'm trying to do is separate the things that are easy political hits from the substance that we need to deal with".

Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley told Roll Call he expects Sessions to follow Justice Department regulations, though he declined to say if Sessions should recuse himself from an investigation into Russian contacts with Trump officials.

Trump replaced Flynn in the interim with retired General Keith Kellogg and asked in a tweet, "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?".

"The rules give Jeff Sessions no choice but to recuse himself", Schumer said. The American people deserve a full investigation.

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