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White House Opposes Call For Special Prosecutor

The White House has opposed the call for a special prosecutor to look into the alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer commented on the matter at the White House daily press briefing Feb. 27, The Hill reported.

Spicer was asked by an ABC journalist about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should hand the matter over to a special prosecutor.

"I guess my question would be: A special prosecutor for what?" answered Spicer, according to The Hill.

Trump's campaign team has been accused of maintaining regular contact with Russian officials throughout the election campaign.

The call for a prosecutor has been supported by a number of leading Democrats.

"We have now for six months ... heard story after story about unnamed sources say the same thing over and over again and nothing has come of it," Spicer added.

Investigations are already under way into Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential elections by several committees in the Senate and House of Representatives.

"So the question becomes at some point, what do you need to further investigate if there is nothing that has come out," said Spicer. "How many times do you have to come to the same conclusion before you take the answer?"

Spicer's comments came the day after a Trump spokeswoman asserted that the FBI had dismissed allegations about ties between Trump and Russia as "BS," according to The Guardian.

Trump himself lashed out at the matter, calling it more "fake news," reports The Guardian. 

Spicer acknowledged that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke to FBI officials to ask them to publicly deny the allegations. However, the FBI has reportedly refused to do so.

Darrell Issa, a Republican congressman, joined those in favor of appointing a special prosecutor Feb. 24.

"You cannot have somebody, a friend of mine Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee," Issa said on HBO, Politico reported. "You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to take -- not just recuse. You can't just give it to your deputy. That's another political appointee."

Issa stressed that he did not know whether Trump or his campaign team had engaged in any wrongdoing.

The California congressman had the backing of Trump in the November election.

"Darrell Issa is a very good man. Help him win his congressional seat in California," Trump tweeted Nov. 1, 2016.

Sources: The Hill, Politico, The Guardian / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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