NYS AG calls for special investigation into Russia's involvement in presidential election

Posted at 11:05 AM, May 11, 2017

New York's top prosecutor is joining a coalition, calling for an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and several other Attorneys General sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, calling the firing of Comey "a violation of the public trust."

“As prosecutors committed to the rule of law, we urge you to consider the damage to our democratic system of any attempts by the administration to derail and delegitimize the investigation,” the letter states.

The Attorneys General also argue residents in their states “deserve a thorough investigation that makes clear the extent of Russian meddling, any collusion by Trump campaign officials, and any cover-up.”

The letter was signed by the attorneys general from Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.