Reed Calls For Special Prosecutor To Probe Trump-Russia Ties

Mar 23, 2017

Sen. Jack Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russian interests and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Reed said in a statement that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California is too partisan to lead a credible probe into links between Russian interests and the president and his campaign advisers.

``This is a serious matter that demands vigorous, impartial oversight. But Congress is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to serve as an independent check on the president,’’ said Reed. ``Instead you have the leader of the House Intelligence Committee, a former member of the Trump transition team, complicating his own investigation.’’

Reed, a Democrat and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee,  said a special prosecutor is necessary to ``unwind the web of connections, provide the American people with a clear, fact-based accounting and serve justice.’’

``We can’t lose sight of the fact that it was our democracy –and not just one candidate or party – that was attacked by a hostile foreign power,’’ said Reed. ``And if Republican insiders  further impede this investigation, they will be compromising America’s ability to defend itself from future attacks.’’