McConnell: There Will Be No Special Prosecutor

He says it would just disrupt the Senate's own Russia investigation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2017 10:21 AM CDT
McConnell: There Will Be No Special Prosecutor
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, speaks to members of the media about healthcare, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington following a policy luncheon.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Amid the uproar following James Comey's surprise firing, many have called for a special prosecutor to take up the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 US presidential election—but those people are going to be disappointed. A new investigation would "only serve to impede the current work being done," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor Wednesday, per Politico.

As FBI director, Comey was heading up the bureau's investigation into the matter (as well as whether President Trump's campaign team was involved), but the Senate Intelligence Committee is also running its own investigation, and McConnell said "too much is at stake" in that investigation to appoint special counsel, Time reports. (More Mitch McConnell stories.)

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