White House dodging questions of Sessions' role in Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

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Darrell Issa, R-California, said Friday that a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the alleged Russian hacking of the USA elections and also whether any of President Donald Trump's campaign associates had contacts with Russian officials.

On Sunday, Issa, a Trump supporter and a former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told Fox News that Trump is "a president whom I trust", but that a special prosecutor should handle the probe so Americans can feel assured.

Issa said an investigation might not reveal any fault on the part of Trump's associates, but a special prosecutor is needed given the growing awareness of the dangers posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Maher asked Issa if, in 2012, he "would let it slide" had Russians hacked Mitt Romney's campaign and been in talks with former President Barack Obama's campaign.

Jeff Sessions, while serving as a US senator, was an adviser during Donald Trump's presidential campaign and was appointed to run the Justice Department, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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"An independent prosecutor", Maher interjected to Issa's nod of agreement. The interview came with a surprising twist: Issa voiced his support for a special prosecutor investigation of President Donald Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the campaign.

Representative Darrell Issa, from California, said it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation as he was on the campaign. But he said it would not be enough for Sessions to recuse himself and assign the matter to a deputy, because "that's another political appointee".

"This is a bad guy who murders people".

"They came to us, they approached us for putting that story out there", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, speaking on ABC's This Week. "What, you think our country's so innocent?" "My point is I don't think we're there yet".

Trump has said Putin is doing "a great job" (Larry King, 2007), "I respect Putin and Russians" (Time to Get Tough, 2011), "Will he become my new best friend?"

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