(CNSNews.com) – The White House Monday repeated its contention that there is no need for a special prosecutor to look into the Russia investigation despite a threat from Democrats that they will not confirm a new FBI director to replace James Comey unless a special prosecutor isn’t appointed.
I think that’s — there’s, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “We’ve discussed this before. You have two Senate committees that are looking into this. The FBI is conducting their own review, and I think if you even look at what Acting Director McCabe said last week, he made it very clear that they had the resources that they need and that the work continues.
“But the bottom line is, again, I think part of it is there’s a difference between what we’ve talked about in that — and it’s been made very clear that there’s been, with respect to the President himself, both Senator Schumer, Senator Feinstein, Senator Manchin and everyone else who have been briefed on this have been very clear that there was no collusion with respect to the President himself and no investigation there,” Spicer said.
A reporter asked whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should be involved in leading the search for Comey’s replacement given that he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
“I think this is a process that’s running completely as it should. It’s being headed by the deputy attorney general and the attorney general. As we’ve noted in the past, the FBI director reports to the deputy attorney general,” Spicer said.
They continue to move through a series of highly qualified candidates, and it’s — obviously this is a huge priority for the president to make sure that we have someone that has the ability to administer the proper leadership to the FBI,” he said.