White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE on Monday said that a special counsel should be appointed to investigate an Obama-era uranium sale and Democrats’ roles in funding a controversial opposition research dossier.
In an interview on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Kelly said that Americans have a right to know what the U.S. government is doing “on any given day,” and an “objective” investigator is necessary to look into “accusations” against Democrats.
“One of the strengths I have in looking at issues in my job, I think probably as a layman looking at this kind of thing, we need to find someone who’s very, very objective, who can get to the bottom of these accusations,” Kelly said. “I think it’s important. Again, the American people have an absolute right to know these things.”
Kelly also denied allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and said that the Trump administration had been transparent and forthcoming with the American people, pointing to the president’s recent decision to release all the remaining files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as evidence.
Kelly’s comments come as associates of President Trump find themselves under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
On Monday, Mueller unveiled charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, including money laundering and tax fraud, marking the first charges of the special counsel’s probe.
At the same time, Republicans on Capitol Hill have moved to open investigations into an Obama-era uranium deal that was approved by the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal: Trump-tied data firm reaching out to WikiLeaks ‘significant’ Tillerson eliminates key State Department sanctions office: report Intel Dem: What’s in dossier more important than who paid for it MORE.
Some GOP lawmakers have suggested that the State Department okayed the deal after the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit group started by Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonJohn Lewis to Clinton: ‘Happy Birthday, Madame President’ Bill Clinton: NJ GOP nominee trying to scare voters into going to the polls The Hill’s 12:30 Report MORE, received a $145 million donation.
It was also revealed last week that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the research contained in a controversial dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.