Demand an Independent Commission to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties

UPDATES (4/12): The documents that Devin Nunes cited as proof of Trump's claims against the Obama Administration were found to contain zero evidence of proof, raising further questions of Nunes's behavior. Last year, the FBI was granted a difficult-to-receive FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page, foreign policy advisor to Trump during the campaign, citing probable cause he was in communication with a Russian spy. The New York Times reports that the *same day* Paul Manafort stepped down as Trump's campaign Chairman, he opened a shell company and received $13 million from businesses tied to Trump, including a Ukraine billionaire. On March 20th, FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers confirmed under oath that a classified investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign began in late July 2016. This adds confidence to the mounting evidence that has come to light in recent months, including communications between the Russians and Jeff Sessions, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Roger Stone, and Jared Kushner. However, the House Intelligence Committee investigation has been clouded with blatant partisanship, leading to Chairman Devin Nunes stepping aside. This investigation can no longer remain dependent upon partisan congressional committees. An independent 9/11-style special commission into Russia's interference must be established. To do this, 198 House Democrats and one House Republican have co-sponsored H.R.356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The bill would institute an independent commission of 12 non-governmental appointees to fully investigate Russian interference in the 2016 elections. A similar bill in the Senate, S.27, has 24 co-sponsors."