House Democrat Introduces Trump Special Counsel Act

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) / AP

A Democratic congresswoman has introduced legislation to trigger the establishment of a special counsel for any criminal investigations into a president, vice president, their family members, or any entities owned by either the president or vice president.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) introduced the Trump Special Counsel Act on Wednesday in response to President Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Washington Examiner.

"The onslaught of scandals surrounding the Trump presidency have led our democracy to a crossing point," Jackson Lee wrote in a statement on Facebook. "Will we uphold the rule of law or allow for the continued obstruction of justice by a chief executive who brazenly abuses his power?"

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"Americans need to know the truth about Russia's interference in our election and the collusion of Russian agents and Trump campaign officials," she added. "But following the president's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and revelations Trump pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, it is abundantly clear that an outside independent prosecutor is required to find the facts."