- The Washington Times - Monday, February 27, 2017

President Trump signaled his opposition Monday to a the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the presidential election and his campaign’s ties to that country, insisting he has not been in contact with Russia in years.

“I haven’t called Russia in 10 years,” Mr. Trump told executives from health insurance companies after being asked by reporters about a special prosecutor.

Mr. Trump didn’t respond to the reporters, who were being escorted out of the meeting in the White House, but mouthed “no” to the assembled guests.

The executives were at the White House for a “listening session” hosted by the president as the administration prepares to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Calls by Capitol Hill Democrats for a special prosecutor gained support Friday from prominent Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California.

Mr. Issa argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early supporter of Mr. Trump’s campaign, was too close to the president to oversea the investigation

“You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office,” he said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Russian interference in the election, including hacking email at the Democratic National Committee and at Hillary Clinton’s campaign, are currently under investigation by the FBI and House and Senate intelligence committees.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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