- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he would like to see a select committee in the Senate for the investigation into President Trump’s campaign alleged ties to Russia.

“We have to, in my view, have this select committee. There are different committees in the House and the Senate. I have great confidence in our intelligence committee. I think it’s reached the size and scope is what I’m trying to say that it requires a select committee,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said on MSNBC.

Mr. McCain said the “drip” of information requires both a special prosecutor and the congressional investigation.

“This is the drip system. That’s why it’s good to have Mueller doing what he’s doing and it’s good to have the Congress of the the United States do what they’re supposed to do, which are two different missions,” he said, referring to former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel by the Department of Justice.

Mr. McCain also said that he’d like to see the United States react to the Russians’ attempt to “undermine our fundamental democracy.”

“One is to, Mueller’s case, is to determine if criminal behavior has taking place. And in the Congress’ place, what did the Russians do to interfere in our election. And what do we do to prevent that from happening in the next election. And frankly so far, we have not punished the Russians for doing what we know they tried to do, which is undermine our fundamental democracy,” Mr. McCain said.

But he added that the domestic policy agenda in the Senate still continues, saying he doesn’t feel like the Russian probe has halted their work, but rather a broken system has.

“We are continuing to meet almost daily on the replacement or reform of Obamacare. We are moving forward with our hearings on Armed Services as far as defense is concerned,” Mr. McCain said. “We have got to return to a normal process. And frankly I don’t blame it on this scandal. I blame it on a broken system.”

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