by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Trump is pushing for the creation of a new special counsel to oversee the work of the special counsel dealing with Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, after several signs that the Russia probe may be influenced by partisans who oppose the new president.
The White House demand comes less than a day after a report that senior justice official Bruce Ohr, who was demoted in early December, had even tighter ties to Fusion GPS, which was paid by Democrats to write a report on Trump that Republicans say may have influenced the FBI’s investigation into Trump. Ohr’s wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion during the 2016 presidential election.
“The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests. These new revelations require the appointment of a special counsel to investigate,” Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, told Axios.
Despite that demand, Trump’s legal team trusts Robert Mueller more than other investigators and would prefer “to get to the finish line with” Mueller, Axios noted. The team expects Trump’s name to be completely cleared in the next few months.