The appointment of a special prosecutor was an important step toward the truth, but it can’t be the last. Here are five reasons why Congress must launch an independent commission.
- National security. The special counsel’s job is limited to criminal activity. An independent commission is needed to uncover the truth about Russia’s attack on our democracy in 2016 and recommend measures to make sure it never happens again.
- Staffing. Congress has not dedicated the staff and resources necessary for its investigative committees to find the truth and prevent future interference. In the 1970s, congressional investigations into Watergate had 133 staffers. Today’s Russia investigation has just nine.
- Transparency. While the special counsel will announce whether there are criminal charges, an independent commission would release a detailed report of what happened, who knew what when, and what steps are needed to prevent future interference in our elections and hold Trump accountable.
- Independence. The special counsel appointed by the deputy attorney general sits within the Justice Department and falls within Trump’s chain of command. An independent commission would be completely independent and free from political interference.
- Americans demand one. 66 percent of Americans, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, want an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. That’s a supermajority!
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