Rep. Darrell Issa( R-Calif .) said during an interview on Real Period With Bill Maher on Friday night that the investigation into Russias ties to Donald Trumps presidential campaign and the U.S. election hacking needs a special prosecutor not Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The conservative congressman, who supported Trump during his 2016 campaign, also seemed to agree with host Bill Maher that Sessions should recuse himself from the investigation.

Maher posed a question to Issa about the FBIs investigation Trump-Russia by flipping the controversy on its head.

Maher asked Issa if, in 2012, he would let it slide had Russians hacked Mitt Romneys campaign and been in talks with former President Barack Obamas campaign.

No, Issa said promptly. When asked if hed let it slide in Trumps administration, Issa said again, just as quickly: No.

We require an independent prosecutor, Maher said subsequently. And Jeff Sessions should recuse himself, the same route Loretta Lynch recused herself, because he was a part of the Trump campaign, is that correct? Maher asked, referring to former Attorney General Lynch and Hillary Clintons email investigation.

Thats when Issa appeared to stimulate his response more clear.

Youre right that you cannot have somebody, a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who was on awareness-raising campaigns and who was an appointee, Issa told Maher. Youre going to need to use the special attorneys ordinance and office.

Then, Issa doubles down on his statement with a critical take on Russia.

Heres the reason were going to have to do it, Bill, the congressman said. There may or may not be fault, but the American people are beginning to understand that Putin assassinations his enemies sometimes right in front of the Kremlin … hes murdered people and taken down using cyber warfare in Georgia and Ukraine.

This is a bad guy who murders people. Who runs a gas station with an economy the size of Italy but is bolt up things all over the world, that weve been, quote, working with.

Now, we have to work with them. We dont have to trust them. And we need to investigate their activities, and we need to do it because they are bad people.

See Issas conversation with Maher below.

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