President Trump’s Russia scandal is picking up steam as Republicans in Congress are finally forced to face reality and acknowledge the necessity of an independent investigation into the Trump team and their ties to hostile foreign agents.
The House Intelligence Committee has finally achieved a bipartisan agreement to investigate President Donald J. Trump and his team’s extensive ties to Russia after non-stop public pressure from the ranking Democrat on the panel.
After Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) became the first House Republican to demand a special prosecutor into the Russia scandal, the rest of his colleagues are slowly but finally acknowledging that the shameful facts which have shocked the rest of America require a separate investigation.
Republican Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) was part of President Trump’s transition team and initially resisted beginning a formal inquiry. The Committee’s Republicans finally agreed to look into four questions and issued a comprehensive statement describing their agenda and goals:
Ds & Rs on House Intel have now committed to investigate all aspects of Russian active measures including any collusion with Trump campaign. pic.twitter.com/RwDusy2JOB
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 2, 2017
The New York Times dropped a bombshell report tonight revealing that the Obama Administration went to great lengths to ensure that the evidence they’d generated of the Trump campaign’s extensive ties to Russian officials was well preserved and disseminated before Inauguration Day. White House lawyers are quickly disseminating orders aimed at preserving all pertinent White House communications for the multiple investigations swirling about the administration.
Now, the House Government Oversight panel’s ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign immediately from his role overseeing the FBI, who is actively investigating the Trump Administration:
It is inconceivable that even after Michael Flynn was fired for concealing his conversations with the Russians that Attorney General Sessions would keep his own conversations secret for several more weeks. When Senator Sessions testified under oath that ‘I did not have communications with the Russians.’ his statement was demonstrably false, yet he let it stand for weeks — and he continued to let it stand even as he watched the President tell the entire nation he didn’t know anything about anyone advising his campaign talking to the Russians. Attorney General Sessions should resign immediately, and there is no longer any question that we need a truly independent commission to investigate this issue.
At the very least, Attorney General Sessions must recuse himself tonight, immediately, instead of issuing evasive statements about the video recorded lies and no comment that he gave to the Senate in January.
This House investigation is just the first step before Republican lawmakers finally admit the painful truth; soon they’ll have to impeach President Trump, try him in the Senate and remove him from office.
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) March 2, 2017
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition