On Wednesday, Elijah E. Cummings, a top-ranking Democrat, publicly accused GOP of delaying their probe into President Donald’s interactions with former FBI director James B. Comey.
Cummings has been an outspoken critic of President Trump since rumors began to surface about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Cummings said the Republicans that serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with him are “ignoring these scandals”, while also accusing the White House of obstruction of justice.
Cummings expressed his concerns after chairman of the oversight committee, Jason Chaffetz, sent a letter to the FBI requesting records of communications between Trump and Comey. Chaffetz implied that he was willing and ready to file a subpoena if necessary.
A New York Times report released earlier this week, claiming Comey retained memos detailing his interactions with President Trump, prompted the Chaffetz’ request. Comey’s memo also says that Trump requested him to drop the Michael T. Flynn probe.
“It is obvious that we need to subpoena the White House, “Cummings said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “We also need a hearing with Director Comey in public. We need to restore credibility, accountability [and] transparency by passing legislation to create a truly independent commission.”
As calls for a deeper investigation intensifies on Capitol Hill, the Justice Department appoints former director of the FBI Robert Mueller as special prosecutor or ‘special counsel’ to investigate connection between Trump’s associates and Russia.