‘Time to Do Whatever Is Necessary’: GOP Congressman Stresses Need for Impartiality in Trump-Russia Investigation

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After learning President Trump had likely asked FBI Director James Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation in February, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has come out in favor of a special prosecutor or independent commission to continue the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. 

“I think it’s time that we look at the idea of whether it’s an independent commission or a special prosecutor, I’m not sure the best venue,” he told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday. “But I think it’s time that we do whatever is necessary; that when this is over we give the American people the confidence that justice.. has been served.”

Despite controversy raised on both sides of the aisle, few Republicans on the hill are pursuing these options. Even a week after Comey’s firing, Kinzinger remains one of handful of GOP Reps. supporting an independent commission; including Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Justin Amash of Michigan and Carlos Curbelo of Florida

In the interview, Kinzinger cited the Comey memo detailing the president’s ask as a major turning point in his decision. 

“When we begin to hear about the potential of asking the FBI director to stop an investigation [of Former United States National Security Advisor Michael Flynn], this has raised real red flags in the level of seriousness,” he said, urging for a thoroughly non-partisan approach going forward.

“I think we’re getting to a point where this has become so political, people are making determinations of whether something did or didn’t happen by their political stripes not by the rule of law,” he added. 


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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May 17th, 2017 by