Even in light of President Trump’s recent decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, a number of congressional Republicans have remained obstinate in their views about appointing a special prosecutor to head the investigation into the President’s ties to Russia. Perhaps they are so resistant because they have something to hide.
Last month, Claude Taylor, who worked as a White House staffer under President Bill Clinton, revealed that he had heard “chatter” about House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell having their own Russia connections.
‘Starting to hear chatter that there are intercepts w/ Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell discussing funneling illegal Russian money into campaign.’
Starting to hear chatter that there are intercepts w/ Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell discussing funneling illegal Russian money into campaign
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 17, 2017
Another political pundit said that anonymous Intel sources had evidence of Ryan and McConnell discussing “laundering Russian money.”
‘WOW. According to anonymous intel sources Ryan & McConnell are on tape talking about laundering Russian money thru Super Pacs.’
WOW. According to anonymous intel sources Ryan & McConnell are on tape talking about laundering Russian money thru Super Pacs.
— Robin (@puppymnkey) April 17, 2017
No new information has been revealed since the initial tweets were posted about Ryan and McConnell’s potential Russia connections. However, the fact that they have both repeatedly dismissed the need for an independent special prosecutor in the investigation is questionable, to say the least.
In February, when former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had lied about his communication with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Ryan said an independent investigation was unnecessary.
‘I’ll leave it up to the administration to describe the circumstances. I’m not going to prejudge any of the circumstances surrounding this until we have all of the information.’
Ryan maintained this position even after the announcement about Comey’s dismissal was made just last week. Shortly after the news broke, he told Fox News’s Bret Baier about appointing a special prosecutor:
‘I don’t think it’s a good idea. We have three investigations going on right now. House investigation by our intelligence committee, which is the appropriate committee to do that, I believe, and we have a Senate Intelligence Committee … and have the FBI investigating all things Russia. I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think the intelligence committee is the one that should do it.’
McConnell made a similar argument last week, saying that a new probe would derail the work that has already been done.
‘Partisan calls should not delay the considerable work of [Senate Intelligence Committee] Chairman [Richard] Burr and Vice Chairman [Mark] Warner. Too much is at stake.’
Featured image via Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.