GOP Rep. Joins Democrats In Push For Independent Probe On Russia/Trump
GOP Rep. Justin Amash has just become the second Republican to sign onto legislation from Democrats to create an independent commission to investigate Russian election interference.
According to his spokeswoman, Amash became cosponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act after Donald Trump made the decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.
Amash hinted on Tuesday, just hours after Comey’s firing, that he would back the legislation.
“My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre,” Amash tweeted, referring to the paragraph in Trump’s letter to Comey that states “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”
The PODA bill has been endorsed by all 193 House Democrats, with support from two House Republicans, Amash and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.).
Despite Amash’s endorsement, the bill hasn’t gained traction from the Republican side.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are both against the bill, saying that the current investigation by the FBI and the House and Senate Intelligence committees is enough.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Ryan said on Fox News on Wednesday evening when asked about a special prosecutor.
“I think the intelligence committees are the ones that should do this, because, don’t forget that the methods and sources of our intelligence gathering are also at play here, and we have to be very sensitive so that we don’t compromise that information as well,” he added.
Swalwell urged more Republicans to follow suit after Amash signed onto the bill.
“I’m glad Rep. Amash has joined this effort, and I hope he can persuade others to join, too. We must put country over party to get to the bottom of what happened, and to ensure it never happens again. We can only find these truths with one, united search party,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who co-authored the bill.