This is a probe which represents a significant effort outside the House to move forward on the investigation of Trump and Company and their affairs with Russian during the campaign and after the inauguration.
The probe would have bipartisan membership, subpoena power, and a full-time staff. It has the title of “RE: Investigations into Russian interference.” It insists that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuse himself from oversight of prosecutors investigating the president, and suggests that elected officials ought to be willing to walk away from GOP-led committee investigations if they are not transparent. It acknowledges the urgent need for a 9/11 Commision-style investigation.
The project insists that any investigation include “a full list of contacts between the Trump campaign, its staff, and informal advisers with Russian officials, including intelligence officials, and WikiLeaks, access to transcripts and recordings of communications, including those between General Flynn and Russian ambassador Kislyak, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump prior to the inauguration.
The rationale behind this effort is that an independent commission ensures that both parties have full authority to investigate and that the process be non-partisan. Only thus can the Trump team’s involvement be thoroughly explored.
The reaction of the White House has been swift and predictable. There have been tweets from the president berating the FBI for not squashing the allegations of Russian interference and the usual haranguing of the Media with selected media groups excluded from press chats at the White House.
It appears that the road toward authoritarianism and eventual fascism has been embarked upon, and that the worst is still to come. Stay tuned and buckle your seat-belts.