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McCollum Statement on Flynn Guilty Plea in Trump-Russia Scandal

December 1, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Trump-Russia scandal:

“Today’s guilty plea confirms that collusion with Russia reached the highest levels of the White House. The extent of criminal activity and corruption in the Trump-Pence campaign, transition, and administration is becoming increasingly clear.

“Every American should be outraged by the fact President Trump’s top advisor was colluding with Russia. No matter where this investigation leads, the Trump-Pence White House cannot wiggle out of responsibility for Flynn’s crimes: President Trump empowered Flynn despite warnings from both President Obama and his own transition team.

“Given the Flynn plea, Congress must take action to both protect Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III from White House interference and to establish a bipartisan, independent commission to examine Russia’s interference in our democracy and Russia’s collusion with the Trump-Pence apparatus.”