Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and other top Republicans on the panel called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open an investigation into the FBI’s mishandling of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Sessions has not said whether he will.
“The Department of Justice should conduct a thorough investigation into these serious allegations of potential obstruction of justice and a possible cover-up,” Warner said in a statement.
“It is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security and FBI fully cooperate with this investigation and ensure that we learn the truth.”
Trump and his top advisers have repeatedly denied that Russia interfered in the election and have dismissed the findings as politically motivated.
“I think it’s a disgrace that our country is having to go through this because of Russia,” Trump said last month.
“What’s the point of this country when we don’t even get an investigation?”
Trump and other Trump advisers have argued that the investigation will exonerate him, because it will show the Obama administration lied to the public.
Trump has said the Russia probe is a distraction from his administration’s efforts to repeal Obamacare, and in October said he would be willing to sign an executive order allowing the U.S. to seize assets of Russia’s oligarchs.
“You have to be smart, you have to have a very good head of mind, you’re not going to make all these deals,” Trump told The New York Times in October.
“If I sign an order that allows me to do this, then I can actually take those assets and I’m going to have the ability to take them back.”