Republicans are starting to break from the ranks. And this is a big one. Darrell Issa is now calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.
Until now, the Republicans have been fairly united behind Donald Trump. Most of them have been content to agree with the President that the Russia story is nothing more than “fake news.”
And until now, they’ve been adamant that the Republicans would handle the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia themselves, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in charge of the whole thing.
But the Republican united front is beginning to crack.
Maybe they’re having a change of heart because the media continues to drop bombshells about this case. Or maybe it’s because of the huge public backlash, including many very angry Town Halls. Or maybe it has something to do with finding out that the Trump administration has been strong-arming the FBI and Republican leaders to cover up the story.
Whatever the reason, Republicans are getting very nervous.
The truth is this Russia investigation is leading to an avalanche, and the Republicans in Congress are slowly realizing that they could find themselves buried underneath.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is the latest Republican to break ranks. And this is actually huge, because Issa is a leader who’s been extremely partisan in his desires to get at the truth. Issa led the Benghazi witch hunt. So to have him come out now calling for an independent investigation into this administration really says a lot.
On Friday night, Issa appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. And he certainly made some news.
Issa told Maher that not only does there need to be an independent special investigation, but also that Jeff Sessions should not be in charge.
Maher said to Issa,
“We need an independent prosecutor. And Jeff Sessions should recuse himself, the same way Loretta Lynch recused herself, because he was part of the Trump campaign.”
Issa agreed. And then added,
“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.”
“That’s certainly not the opinion of the Trump administration. I thank you for saying it publicly.”
This statement by a leading Republican in the House really is a big deal. We are barely a month into this Presidency, and already Republicans are jumping ship. I’d say Issa’s statement is a significant sign of things to come.