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McCollum Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel to Lead Trump-Russia Investigation

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to lead the Trump-Russia investigation:

“I commend the appointment of a special counsel to lead the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and Russian ties to President Donald Trump and his associates. This appointment proves that the investigation is extremely serious. 

“Given that President Trump has already tried to stop and obstruct this investigation by pressuring and then firing former FBI Director James Comey, it is absolutely imperative that Mr. Mueller maintain complete independence. He must ensure that this investigation is conducted without limits and without any political interference from the White House or Congressional Republicans.”