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Bharara Calls for Bipartisan Russia Probe to Restore Voters' 'Faith in Rule of Law'

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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 08:39 AM

A bipartisan probe into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and a new FBI director willing to remain apolitical are vital to restoring the public's "faith in the rule of law," former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara wrote Sunday in a column for The Washington Post.

"Are there still public servants who are prepared to say no to the president?" Bharara asked.

The former U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District, who was fired by President Donald Trump in March, called for both parties to team up and investigate the possibility of Russian interference in the election.

"That means no partisan nonsense — just a commitment to finding the facts, whatever they may be."

The importance of Congress in checking and balancing the executive branch is key, "and never more important than when a bullying chief executive used to his own way seems not to remember the coequal status of the other two branches," Bharara writes.

Regarding a new director for the FBI, Bharara rejected the idea of someone with a history of supporting one party.

"I can't think of anything worse for FBI morale, for truth-finding or for public trust," he said.

"More than ever the FBI needs a strong and stabilizing hand, which means somebody who has not spent most of his or her career pandering for votes, groveling for cash or putting party over principle," he added.

Bharara on Saturday took to Twitter to comment on the FBI director job, calling nonpartisanship a "radical thought."

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