Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Seventy-three percent of respondents prefer the independent investigation, versus 16 percent who pick Congress.
That seems totally obvious and I am sure that most of you are on board with this as well.
But then we have this:
Still, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — believe that Congress should investigate whether there was contact between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, which is essentially unchanged from February's NBC/WSJ poll.
What the what?
That makes no fucking sense to me.
To me it actually makes MORE sense for there to be an independent investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to the Russian, than an independent investigation into the meddling with the election. Though to be honest I don't really see why the two investigations should even be conducted separately.
This poll comes on the heels of a report that the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russian probe (And these are supposedly the good guys who DON'T have a Devin Nunes.) is shamefully understaffed:
Three months into the committee’s investigation, there are no staff members dedicated to it full-time, those working on it do not have backgrounds in investigative experience and no interviews have been conducted with key players, The Daily Beast added.
It appears to be progressing at a slower pace than other committee investigations, it added.
Two sources familiar with the matter told the site that the committee has not interviewed former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Roger Stone and Carter Page, two advisers during Donald Trump's presidential campaign; former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort; and White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law.
“It’s either a real investigation or not,” an individual with knowledge of the committee’s activities said. “You have to have an approved investigative guide. You have to make it formal.
"Can you have a credible investigation with only seven part-time staffers, doing everything in secret?”
So yeah, I'm thinking that the entire investigation should be handed over to an independent commission tasked simply with finding the truth no matter where it leads, and without all of that "Oh God I can't destroy my party's President" BS to gum up the works.