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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Congressman Sires’ Statement on Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump-Russia Connection

May 18, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III as a special prosecutor to investigate collusion between Russia and President Trump and his campaign officials:

“I am encouraged that the Department of Justice is finally acting on what many Democrats in Congress have been requesting for months, a special prosecutor to investigate ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.


I hope Former Director Mueller will be given the resources and independence needed to conduct a full and thorough investigation to reassure the American people that the state of our democracy is strong and our institutions are still working to uphold our most fundamental ideals of rule of law and due process.

However, this prosecutor does not negate the need for an independent commission that is completely outside the scope of the Trump Administration. Nor does it replace the need for vigorous oversight and investigations by Congress. It is imperative that officials in Washington work to unearth the full picture of what happened during the 2016 election, to what extent the Russians were involved, what role the Trump Administration played, and any potential efforts to obstruct justice and hide the truth from the American people.”