Schumer's Special Prosecutor Proposal for Russia Lacks 'Fairness'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer put his foot down on CNN'S "State of the Union" this weekend.

[Schumer] said Sunday that the Senate should refuse to confirm a new FBI director until the Department of Justice appoints a special counsel to lead a probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way," Schumer said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We'll have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move."

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, proposed the idea after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week.

Never mind that Andrew C. McCarthy -- who, as prosecutor of the blind sheikh, ought to know -- has explained that there is no such thing as special counsel or prosecutor in this instance independent of the executive branch. And never mind that Senator Warner himself made at least  $6.75 million investing in a Russian search engine.  That isn't enough to make him an oligarch, although he is the fourth richest man in Congress, so he's close.

I say Schumer and Warner are on to something.  Forget the legal quibbling from lawyers.  They're both lawyers too.  We have to get to the bottom of this Russia business once and for all.  Otherwise Putin will have won.  Even though he may not have turned our election upside down, he has certainly turned our minds upside down.  We -- especially our media -- can't think of anything else.

Therefore I support Senators Schumer and Warner in their quest to make the DOJ appoint a special counsel on this matter before a new FBI director is confirmed by the Senate... except for one thing. As Barack Obama would put it -- FAIRNESS.

 If you're going to have a special counsel for the Trump-Russia situation -- in the spirit of bipartisanship and indeed fairness -- you would need to have similar counsels for the following:

1. The hidden Hillary Clinton email server, attendant deliberate erasures of massive amounts of government data, including top secret, and the nonsensical (likely corrupted) FBI investigation that ensued.

3. The Clinton Foundation and its financial relations with Russia, notably the Uranium One deal.  Also profiteering off Haiti.

3. The misuse of our intelligence agencies for the surveillance and unmasking of Trump and associates and other private citizens by members of the Obama administration

4. The Internal Revenue Service's singling out and harassing of many conservative-leaning non-profit organizations and attendant coverup of same.

5. The Benghazi incident and the deliberate lying about the deaths of our own soldiers to the American public and to the soldiers' very own parents.