Few Republicans have spoken up to ask for an independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, or the connected case of alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower.
During an interview on Wednesday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina, spoke up on the subject.
“We’ve got to have either a special prosecutor or an independent commission, and that’s still the right answer,” she said Wednesday on “The John Fredericks Show,” as first reported by CNN.
“And every day that goes by it becomes clear that’s the right answer, because the Democrats will not let this go,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added.
“And the American people need to be reassured about what actually happened here. That’s the only way you’re going to get to the bottom of this in a way that everyone trusts.”
And she has a point.
The behavior of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has caused some to call that he immediately recuse himself, as they doubt he can carry out his duties as chairman.
Nunes shook up the investigation immediately after the hearings began, by holding a press conference to announce that he’d met with a secret source and seen evidence that members of Trump’s team had been “incidentally surveilled,” which is not the same as being intentionally targeted.
Nunes has refused to reveal his source, has not revealed what evidence he has, not even to the very committee he chairs, and has only discussed the evidence with the president.
To further compound the situation, it appears Nunes was on White House grounds to talk with his source the day before he held his press conference, leading some to believe that the White House was his source.
Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) on Tuesday became the first Republican in Congress to call for Nunes to recuse himself from the investigation.
“If anything has shown that we need [an independent] commission, this has done it by the way he has acted,” he told The Hill just off the House floor.
And of course, as is to be expected, Democrats have called for his recusal, as well.
Nunes, to date, has refused to step aside and Republican lawmakers on the House Intel Committee have circled the wagons, vouching for his integrity and protecting him from calls to recuse himself.
Frankly, this is the worst of partisan politics.
When Democrats circled the wagons around Hillary Clinton during the hearings into her handling of emails, Republicans were appalled.
Likewise, they should hold their own to an equally high standard. Nunes’ actions, at the very least, present the public with an awful set of optics. It could easily be construed as a cover up.
Fiorina and Rep. Jones represent the fair and reasonable voices in this potentially explosive situation.
We want this investigation handled in a way that leaves not even a hint of corruption or partisan favoritism. An independent commission could be the only solution.