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White House: Special prosecutor on Russia ‘simply not necessary’

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday dismissed the need for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian election interference, saying there are enough probes already.

“It’s simply not necessary. You’ve got multiple groups already looking into this: the House committees, the Senate committees, the deputy attorney general through the FBI. They are already looking at this, I don’t think that it is necessary to bring in another individual to take this on," Sanders told host Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning."

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President Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading his agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and potential ties between members of Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

Critics say the White House is trying to thwart the investigation by firing Comey and naming a more loyal successor. 

Trump said he did so at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBorder state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the Biden-Putin summit MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Many Democrats say Sessions broke his promise to recuse himself from any Russia investigations by calling for Comey's firing.

Sessions recused himself because he did not disclose during his confirmation hearing that he had conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while acting as a surrogate for Trump's campaign.