After Trump’s unprecedented firing of FBI Director James Comey yesterday, there has been an outcry from Democrats for the appointment of an independent special prosecutor. Understandably, many are afraid that Trump will try to appoint a friendly partisan as the new Director. With control of the senate, there’s a reasonable chance he would be able to get confirmation. If that happens, any chance of uncovering the truth disappears entirely. A few Republicans have voiced concern about the firing, but none are taking a strong enough stand for a special investigator. The Senate Majority Leader has taken the political hackery a step further:
Mitch McConnell, in usual sniveling fashion, has categorically rejected the calls for a special prosecutor:
“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done to not only discover what the Russians would have done but also to let this body and the national security community discover countermeasures and war-fighting doctrines to see that it doesn’t occur again.”
McConnell, toeing the party line, has failed to lambast the firing, and instead is pushing to quickly appoint a new FBI Director:
“Once the Senate receives a nomination, we look forward to a full, fair, and timely confirmation process to fill the Director position.”
Thankfully, McConnell’s cowardice alone will not prevent the appointment of a special prosecutor. The Justice Department must make the ultimate decision. The issue is clouded by the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from involvement, after hidden connections between him and Russia were revealed.
The best option is for voters to call their representatives, and keep up the pressure to appoint an investigator.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.