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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Indictment of Top Trump Advisers

October 30, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) issued the following statement after a federal grand jury indicted President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates in the ongoing special counsel investigation of President Trump and Russia:

“The criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s top campaign aides confirm that illegal activity and unethical behavior proliferated in the President’s inner circle. Our worst fears about President Trump and his associates’ poor judgment and bad intentions have once again been confirmed. 

“Going forward, Congress must protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller III from interference by President Trump and establish an independent commission to publicly examine Russia’s meddling in our election and the involvement of Trump officials.

“Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans seem more interested in covering up for President Trump than following the facts wherever they lead. If Republicans keep refusing to do their jobs, I have every confidence that the American people will hold them accountable alongside President Trump.”