Lipinski: DOJ Naming Mueller as Special Counsel is a Positive Step; Must Be Given Freedom and Support To Do His Job

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“Today, the Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Director Mueller is a distinguished and respected lawyer and public servant, and this appears to be a positive step. However, we must assure that he is afforded the independence, resources, and latitude necessary to fully investigate all possible Russian connections to Trump’s campaign, as well as assess the circumstances of former FBI Director Jim Comey’s firing, the allegations of obstruction of justice related to the firing of Michael Flynn, and the recent questionable release of highly sensitive intelligence to Russia.

“It is also important that all ongoing investigations continue. In addition, a special independent commission should be established to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. In January I signed on as a co-sponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would establish such a commission, and today I was one of the first Representatives to sign the discharge petition to attempt to compel the House to take up this bill. Just as after the 9-11 attacks, we need an independent investigation to know what happened so we can give the American people confidence in our election process.” 

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