What the U.S. Intelligence Community has concluded was a covert Russian operation targeting the U.S. presidential election to help President Trump win was an extraordinary assault on our democracy. Yet Trump’s repeated dismissal of evidence pointing to Russia’s responsibility is even more extraordinary. There are serious questions whether his administration can conduct an impartial and independent investigation into Russia’s actions or whether a Special Counsel is now needed to conduct the ongoing criminal investigation into Russia’s influence operation and possible ties between Russia and individuals in the Trump campaign and administration.
The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security.
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