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Jeff Merkley: Prosecutors Donating Only to Democrats Doesn’t Show Bias

The Oregon senator pushed back on Republican criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) denied that donations to Democratic candidates from prosecutors investigating the Trump campaign showed any bias in an appearance on CNN on Tuesday.

Merkley argued against the notion that political donations should disqualify prosecutors from legal matters.

“What [Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s] doing is drawing on seasoned folks who have been at the Department of Justice or have served in the law firm that he knows and respects,” Merkley said.

Host Alisyn Camerota asked Merkley if the left-leaning nature of political contributions coming from the investigative team showed bias.

“No,” Merkley responded. “You could look at folks who have probably served just Republican presidents. Is that a bias?”