Virginia Senator Tim Kaine says Donald Trump should respond to the allegations that he fired FBI Director James Comey for refusing to halt an inquiry into Russian matters.
“It’s getting very, very close to a classic obstruction of justice case.” That’s Kaine, joining a growing Congressional chorus, mostly Democrats, seeking a special prosecutor.
“We have to get to the bottom of it,” said Kaine.
The White House denies the allegations.
“After we hear from director Comey, we need to hear from the president as well, so we can decide who’s telling the truth and who isn’t,” added Kaine.
House Speaker Paul Ryan noted Wednesday the three current Congressional investigations, and he downplayed the need for another.
“There is an FBI investigation going on right now on all things related to Russia done by career professionals at the FBI, and they’re going to continue to be career professionals. And the acting FBI director has said that no one has tried to impede that investigation,” said Ryan.
The Senate meets Thursday (5/18) with Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney whose memo was used to justify Comey’s ouster.