Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator ____________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank her for supporting an independent inquiry into President Trump's ties with Russia. I'd also like her to support Senator Mark Warner's suggestion that the Senate should only confirm the appointment of a new FBI director if it is linked to the appointment of a special prosecutor to pursue the Trump-Russia affair. President Trump must not be allowed to get away with replacing James Comey with someone who is beholden to him and will thwart this crucial investigation! Thank you.
Even after President Trump's outrageous firing of James Comey as FBI director on Tuesday, only a few Republicans have joined Democrats in their demand that an independent investigation look into the Trump campaign's possible collusion in Russia's efforts to interfere with our 2016 elections. Trump now has positioned himself to appoint the new FBI Director who will look into his own potential misdeeds. Meanwhile, Republicans' slow movement on using the House and Senate Intelligence committees to investigate Trump's Russia ties -- combined with dismissive statements from figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- creates little confidence that GOP leaders will ever see beyond their ideological motives and find the courage to get to the bottom of the matter.
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has offered a simple and elegant solution: Unless Trump's Justice Department agrees to appoint a special prosecutor, the Senate should refuse to confirm a new FBI director. The decision whether to appoint such a prosecutor currently rests with the recently appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been charged with overseeing the investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pressured into recusing himself because of his own Russia conflicts.