Pelosi Statement on Special Prosecutor to Investigate Trump-Russia Connection

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after former FBI Director Robert Mueller III was appointed as special prosecutor:

“We are pleased the Justice Department has answered Congressional Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia connection.

“Former Director Mueller is a respected public servant of the highest integrity.  The Trump Administration must make clear that Director Mueller will have the resources and independence he needs to execute this critical investigation.

“A special prosecutor is the first step, but it cannot be the last.  Director Mueller will still be in the chain of command under the Trump-appointed leadership of the Justice Department.  He cannot take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump Administration’s meddling.  A special prosecutor does not negate the need for vigorous Congressional investigations either.

“The question also remains: will Mueller’s investigation include President Trump’s attempt to intervene in the investigation of Michael Flynn?  The American people have a right to the truth, free from the Trump Justice Department’s efforts to silence it.”

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