GOP congressman says particular prosecutor required to investigate Russia election meddling

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa stated a particular prosecutor is needed to investigate into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Bill Maher asked Issa in the course of an interview on his show "Real Time" about reports...

GOP congressman says particular prosecutor required to investigate Russia election meddling

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa stated a particular prosecutor is needed to investigate into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Bill Maher asked Issa in the course of an interview on his show "Real Time" about reports...

25 February 2017 Saturday 12:00
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GOP congressman says particular prosecutor required to investigate Russia election meddling

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa stated a particular prosecutor is needed to investigate into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Bill Maher asked Issa in the course of an interview on his show "Real Time" about reports that members of President Trump's campaign had make contact with with Russian officials.

Maher presented the Republican representative with a hypothetical situation -- if Russians had hacked the campaign of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 and if there had also been contacts between the Obama administration and the Russians.

"You're going to let that slide?" Maher asked Issa.

"No," Issa mentioned.

"So you are not going to let this slide?" Maher followed up, referring to Russia and the Trump campaign.

"No," Issa stated again.

When Maher then pushed Issa on the need to have for an independent investigation, the California Republican agreed that a unique prosecutor is needed. The investigation shouldn't be overseen by U.S. Lawyer General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed by the president and was active in Trump's campaign, Issa said.

"You can't have somebody -- a pal of mine, Jeff Sessions -- who was on the campaign and who is an appointee," Issa said. "You happen to be going to need to have to use the specific prosecutor's statute and workplace."

"There may well or may not be fault," Issa mentioned.

But he stated, "The American people today are beginning to understand that Putin ... is a terrible guy ... We will need to investigate [the Russian leader's] activities and we require to do it for the reason that they are undesirable people today."

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