On Friday night during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” California Rep. Darrell Issa called for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election between now-President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Issa’s stance on the matter is in line with the calls of congressional Democrats to remove U.S attorney general Jeff Sessions from such inquiries.
During the segment, host Bill Maher prodded Rep. Issa, former head of the House Oversight Committee, on how he would’ve acted if the Democrats were suspected of colluding with a foreign government in order to rig a presidential election.
Maher asked, “Say the Russians hacked only Mitt Romney and there was a lot of contact between the Obama administration and Russia. You going to let that slide? To which Issa promptly responded, “no.”
Keeping the conversation going, Maher responded by paralleling his example with the current controversy between President Trump and Russia, saying, “Oh, so you’re not going to let this slide?” Issa again responded saying, “no.”
He then added,
“We’re going to ask the intelligence committees of the House and Senate to investigate within the special areas they oversee.”
Maher continued to press Issa on whether or not he was in favor of recusing U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions for the investigation.
Rep. Issa then explained,
“You’re right that you cannot have somebody — a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions — who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office,” adding it would be insufficient to hand the job off to the deputy attorney general, another political appointee.
The California representative then turned his attention to Russia, saying, “we have to work with (the Russians); we don’t have to trust them. We need to investigate their activities and we need to do it because they are bad people.”
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