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House Dems: Mueller First Step, Need Independent Commission

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:57 PM

Democratic lawmakers Wednesday applauded the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead a probe of Russia meddling in the U.S. election – but want a separate commission to look into the matter as well.

"I'm surprised and thrilled. I can't think of anybody with more integrity and who will have as much credibility within the FBI as Bob Mueller," Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told The Hill.

"This is a master stroke, I think, by the deputy attorney [general Rod Rosenstein]."

The Hill noted the Department of Justice appointment came the same day House Democrats moved forward on legislation to create an independent outside commission — similar to the panel that investigated the 9/11 attacks — to look into Russia-Trump ties.

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock also hailed the appointment of Mueller, saying he "has the full confidence of the FBI and the Justice Department," but other Democrats insisted the appointment doesn't negate the need for a separate commission.

"It’s half the solution," California Rep. Eric Swalwell, the lead sponsor of the legislation creating the outside panel, told The Hill. "This should motivate them to realize the gravity of what is happening right now."

New York Rep. Eliot Engel told The Hill: "I think we need to do both."

Rep. Maxine Waters of California said on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" that "I welcome Mueller being appointed," but warned that doesn't mean he couldn't meet the same fate as fired FBI Director James Comey.

"The president could fire the special counsel," she said. "I wish they had given him a special declaration so he could not be fired."

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, told MSNBC's "The Rachel Madow Show" that Mueller will bring renewed confidence on Capitol Hill.

"It will, I think, give a lot of us the confidence there is someone in charge of overseeing the FBI that will not be deterred and can't be interfered with," he said.

"I don't think [the Mueller appointment] it will substantively impact what we investigate or how we investigate it," he added. "But it does give me a lot of confidence that in many respects, the most important investigation will go forward unimpeded, that is the FBI investigation – because they have resources we don't, they have a reach around the world we don't, and there's no substitute, even with our best efforts, for what the FBI can and must do here."

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Democratic lawmakers Wednesday applauded the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead a probe of Russia meddling in the U.S. election – but want a separate commission to look into the matter as well.
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