McConnell says special prosecutor into Russia interference not needed; Paul claims Democrats crying crocodile tears

05/10/2017 01:58 PM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting Democratic calls for a new prosecutor to investigate ties between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump after the President’s decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey on Tuesday.

From the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, McConnell said there is too much at stake to restart the investigation which is already underway.

“Today, we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only serve to impede the current work being done to not only discover what the Russians may have done — also let this body and the national security community develop counter measures and war fighting doctrine to see it doesn’t occur again,” McConnell said on Wednesday morning.

The Kentucky Republican said partisan calls for a new investigation should not delay the work of the Senate intelligence committee investigation by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina.

McConnell was not the only Republican in favor of letting the current investigation run its course.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said he was pleased with the removal of Comey by Trump, and said “it couldn’t happen soon enough.”

In 2013, Paul was the only U.S. Senator to cast a dissenting vote against Comey during the nomination process. At the time, Paul was trying to filibuster the nomination in order to force the FBI to explain its drone surveillance policy.

On Wednesday, Paul said he felt Comey had the confidence of no one in the United States.

“I think it is time for new leadership at the FBI,” Paul said concluding Comey politicized the investigation.

Speaking on an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible involvement with the Russian government, Paul said Democrats are pushing a myth. The Bowling Green Republican said Democrats wanted Comey out of the office too.

“I think it’s a lot of crocodile tears, and a lot of people saying you know they were for getting rid of Comey too.”

A grand jury in Virginia issued subpoenas recently for documents relating to former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to the New York Times.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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