At any rate, neither the House nor the Senate panel provides reassurance that a legitimate, nonpartisan and thorough investigation can be undertaken. We have argued that at the very least, a select committee with proper staff and funding is required. Given how badly Republicans are dragging their feet and the lengths to which the House Intelligence Committee chairman went to assist the White House in distracting the public, there is reason to doubt that any congressional arrangement will inspire confidence. The argument for a truly independent commission or a special prosecutor gets stronger with each passing day.
As with the ethics scandals, any legitimate investigation of the Russia scandal is hampered by Republicans’ utter lack of seriousness and their determination to play defense for the White House. When meddling by a foreign government is at issue, you’d think that Republicans would take their oaths of office seriously. Alas, no. Russian efforts to hobble Hillary Clinton and the possible secret collusion by the Trump team (in addition to Trump’s open reliance on WikiLeaks material and Russian propaganda) have not sufficiently impressed GOP lawmakers.
In demonstrating their small-minded partisanship, they are making Democrats’ 2018 argument for them, namely that the GOP is not performing its constitutionally mandated role.