Former Vice President Joe Biden threw in his lot with senator John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday, calling for a special committee to investigate the current administration’s Russia ties during the 2016 election. He announced over Twitter;
‘Checks & balances? Chair of cmte investigating WH can’t share info w/ WH.”
“McCain is right: Need select committee!’
Checks & balances? Chair of cmte investigating WH can’t share info w/ WH. McCain is right: Need select committee!
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 23, 2017
Both Democrats and Republicans have called for the formation of a committee to investigate possible interference by Russia in the election that put Trump in the White House, as well as the possibility of collusion between members of the Trump camp and Russian actors. Senator McCain has been one of the most vocal proponents of this course of action, and has even gone so far as to cast doubt on Congress’s ability to get to the bottom of this issue of national security. In an interview with MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren, McCain essentially said that he believes Congress can no longer be trusted to do the right thing.
‘It’s a bizarre situation, and what I think, the reason why I’m calling for this select committee or a special committee, is, I think that this back-and-forth and what the American people have found out so far that no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone. And I don’t say that lightly.’
Biden’s and McCain’s comments came following the revelation that Devin Nunes (R-CA), who acts as House Intelligence Chairman, went over the heads of his committee to go straight to the president and brief him on information related to the surveillance of the Trump administration’s transition team. On Wednesday, Nunes said that he had learned from an unnamed source that the U.S. intelligence community had both collected and widely distributed information on members of the Trump administration internally.
Democrats and Republicans alike were suitably dismayed by Nunes’ decision to go to the president and publicly announce the information before speaking to congress first. Nunes has since apologized for the misstep.
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