The Hill: GOP lawmaker calls for select committee on Russia

By Jonathan Easley

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Washington, March 29, 2017 | comments
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) told The Hill on Wednesday that he supports empaneling a bipartisan independent select committee to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election as questions over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's (R-Calif.) handling of the issue continue to mount.

Curbelo said a congressional select committee — which would work independently of the House and Senate Intelligence committees — would “give greater credibility and independence to the investigation.”

But Curbelo, who represents a South Florida swing-district targeted by Democrats in the midterms, is not calling for Nunes to recuse himself. He expressed confidence in Nunes’s handling of the investigation, calling him a “man of great integrity” who has “a lot of respect on both sides of the aisle.”

And Curbelo does not support bringing in a special prosecutor, a proposal backed by many Democratic lawmakers.

“I’ve said ... that [we need] a select committee in the Congress," he said. "I don’t think you need a special prosecutor or anything like that, but a select committee in the Congress that is independent, that doesn’t respond to the leadership in either party, to dig into all these issues and get to the truth ... both sides want to know how we got to this point. Let’s empower Republicans and Democrats in the Congress to seek out those answers.”

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