The biggest story surrounding the 2016 presidential election has been what impact Russia had on Donald Trump becoming president. While Trump denies any wrongdoing or ties back to the Kremlin, many are calling for an investigation into the issue, including former President George W. Bush.

Bush on Trump

During his campaign for president, Donald Trump made it clear that he wasn't going to behave like other candidates before him. Trump made it a habit by attacking all of his political opponents in a way that was never seen before, while also targeting the media, celebrities, and other foreign leaders.

Whether it was on a debate stage or on his his Twitter account, the former host of "The Apprentice" made it a point that he wasn't going to hold back his thoughts. However, Trump never said a bad word about Russian President Vladimir Putin, which raised even more questions when it was revealed that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee in favor of the GOP candidate. As reported by The Hill on February 27, even George W. Bush wants to get to the bottom of whether or not Trump has a link back to Russia.

Joining NBC host Matt Lauer on the "Today" show on Monday morning, George W. Bush broke with the administration and his party and announced his support to find answers on whether or not Donald Trump and Russia have a relationship together.

"I think we all need answers," Bush explained. "I'm not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered," he continued.

Bush on media

George W. Bush then broke with the White House on another issue, this time offering his defense of the news media and a free press. "We need an independent media to hold people like me to account," Bush explained, while adding, "Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive." Not stopping there, the former president went on to describe the news media as "indispensable to democracy."

The former president's remarks are a stark difference than what Donald Trump has said, who has only increased his war of words with the media in recent days.

After smearing the media during his speech at CPAC on Friday, the president went on to ban several news outlets from covering a press briefing at the White House, including, but not limited to, the BBC, the New York Times, CNN, and the Los Angeles Times.