Congress and FBI continuing separate Russia probes

Bipartisan support for Congressional investigation

The U.S. Congress are going forward with their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election despite the Trump administration’s seeming to be averse to the whole situation, judging from their dismissal of FBI director James Comey over his handling of a similar investigation. The Justice Department, for their part, has appointed Robert Mueller, FBI director during the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as the prosecutor of a separate probe, but the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr from North Carolina, says that “Our task hasn’t changed.” These decisions come as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepares to brief the Senate on the firing of Comey on Thursday.

Comey is apparently not excused from this investigation as of yet, as Burr, Democrat Mark Warner from Virginia, and Republican Jason Chaffetz from Utah, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman have all invited Comey to speak at the Congressional hearings planned over the next couple of days. As Chaffetz put it, “We’re still moving full steam ahead.” Chaffetz also commented on how Republicans and Democrats alike are eager to have this investigation take place, possibly because they’re afraid they may be lumped in with Trump’s problematic actions. “I had a number of members send me a personal text saying, ‘Thank you,’ ‘good job,’ ‘keep it up,’ ‘glad we’re out there, not ducking this,’” Chaffetz says.

There are some Congressmen who are still hesitant to go forward with this investigation, primarily those who are the staunchest supporters of President Trump. Republican Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina commented that Mueller “comes with more credibility on the Democrat side than on the Republican side.” Republican Representative Chris Collins of New York was even less enthusiastic: “I can’t say it’s good, bad or indifferent.”

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