A White House spokesperson pushed back on calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election, suggesting such talk is premature.
“I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House’s deputy principal press secretary, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “Typically, you go through a congressional oversight review. We’re doing that. Let’s not go to the very end of the extreme. Let’s let this play out the way it should.
Stephanopoulos asked Huckabee Sanders about a top Republican’s call for an independent investigation of Russia’s alleged meddling in the election.
When Bill Maher on his show “Real Time” pressed GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of California on whether President Trump‘s appointee as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, should investigate reports that members of President Trump’s campaign had contact with Russian officials, Issa agreed an independent prosecutor is needed.
Issa told Maher, “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.”
Attorney General Sessions oversees the FBI and the Justice Department which — separate from any congressional committee reviews — is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the election and reported contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials
Huckabee Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that Congress should complete its review first, which she said she is confident will show that Trump associates had not involvement in Russia’s actions.
“Whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that’s the first step,” she said. “There are two committees that are currently doing that. We’re extremely confident that, whatever review, they’re all going to come to the same conclusion — that we had no involvement in this.”