Preet Bharara call for special counsel to oversee probe into Russia’s interference

Vastavam web:  India-born former top federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, who was fired by US President Donald Trump, has said it is “common sense” to call for appointing an “independent and uncompromised” special counsel to oversee the probe into Russia’s interference in the US elections.Bharara, 48, said the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into links between Donald Trump’s team and Russia’s meddling in the last year’s US Presidential elections, listed steps that have to be taken urgently to “restore faith in the rule of law.” “History will judge this moment. It’s not too late to get it right, and justice demands it,” he wrote yesterday.
He said the nation needs a “truly bipartisan investigation” in Congress.”That means no partisan nonsense just a commitment to finding the facts, whatever they may be, proving (or disproving) Russian interference in our election and anything related. Congress is a check and a balance, and never more important than when a bullying chief executive used to his own way seems not to remember the co-equal status of the other two branches,” he said.”Unfortunately, some of the candidates paraded by cameras this past weekend reality-show style fall into that category.
I can’t think of anything worse for FBI morale, for truth- finding or for public trust. More than ever the FBI needs a strong and stabilising hand, which means somebody who has not spent most of his or her career pandering for votes, groveling for cash or putting party over principle,” he said.Bharara described Comey, who was once his boss, as his “friend.” “I know that many people are mad at him. He has at different times become a cause for people’s frustration and anger on both sides of the aisle. Some of those people may have a point. But on this unsettling anniversary of that testimony, I am proud to know a man who had the courage to say no to a president,” he added.