Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., renewed his call for an independent investigation into ties between Russia and President Donald Trump, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Just over a week before Trump was sworn-in, Durbin had first suggested an independent commission be created, comprised of "public officials and private citizens with subpoena power."
His latest comments come after Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser because of calls to the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. And Durbin said a probe by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is not good enough.
"The Intelligence Committee is the graveyard for investigations," he told MSNBC in an interview.
"Their hearings are largely in secret," Durbin said. "The public will not have access to the testimony. Any report from the Intelligence Committee is likely to be highly redacted — censored. And the way to remove the censorship so the public can read it, is to ask the permission of the White House. That's incredible."
He said the public has a right to know.
Durbin had previously suggested an independent commission should be "led by people of integrity like General Colin Powell and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."
And he told MSNBC it is vital to have an independent commission established.
"It would have the subpoena power necessary to complete the investigation — if it's a meaningful, independent commission," he said. "We would create it, by law. Frankly, we need to work together in both parties to get that done."
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