There is now credible evidence that President Trump pressed FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation of Michael Flynn, the administration's first national security adviser. If true, Trump could be guilty of obstruction of justice. But there is no mechanism in place to ensure a truly independent inquiry of this or other possibly illegal actions by high level Trump officials. Congress should therefore renew the independent counsel statute providing for the appointment of a special prosecutor, one who cannot be fired by the president or the attorney general. Gen. Rod Rosenstein announced he was appointing former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as independent special prosecutor to take over the Justice Department investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
President Trump wants to put an end to the Department of Justice's Russia inquiry. He has questioned whether he can pardon himself and whether Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should have recused himself from the investigation. The president is a fighter, but he'll need to pick his fight. Expressing annoyance with his attorney general and daydreaming about pardoning himself won't do.
WASHINGTON – Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans say Kavanaugh's writings and speeches are being taken out of context. The independent counsel law, which took the hiring and firing of prosecutors away from the executive branch, expired in 1999 and does not apply to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The ongoing probe falls under the Justice Department. But Democrats have put Kavanaugh's views on executive power and presidential investigations front and center as they battle his nomination.