The White House suggested Monday that there’s no need for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation into possible contact between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russian officials, insisting “there’s nothing there.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday that House and Senate panels and the intelligence community have already looked into Russia’s interference during the presidential election.
“I think that Russia’s involvement and activity has been investigated up and down,” Spicer said. “So the question becomes at some point: If there’s nothing further to investigate, what are you asking people to investigate?”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) last week called for a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation into alleged contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ impartiality, given that the former Alabama senator was a prominent and early backer of Trump’s White House bid.
On Monday, Spicer cited House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) comments to the media. Nunes told reporters he has seen no evidence of alleged contacts and cautioned against going on what he called “a witch hunt.”
“Chairman Nunes spoke very clearly today when asked over and over and over again about all of this and said that he has seen nothing that leads him to believe that there’s there,” Spicer said. “The president has spoken forcefully time and time again, that he has no interest in Russia, he hasn’t talked to people in Russia in years, and yet you keep asking — and I say ‘you’ collectively — to try to find something that’s seemingly, at least the reporting that I’m seeing in different organizations, suggests that there’s nothing new that’s being reported. It’s the same stuff over and over again that we’ve heard for literally six months. And so the question becomes at some point: What do you need to further investigate if there is nothing that has come out?”