Hoyer Statement on the Appointment of a Special Counsel to Oversee Russia Investigation

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2017

Contact:

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the announcement that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel for the Russia investigation:

“In deciding to appoint a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein made the right decision, and the choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller signals the seriousness with which he believes this investigation must be undertaken.  Our Constitution makes clear that nobody is above the law.  It also provides Congress with oversight and investigatory responsibilities that must continue, even as the Justice Department investigation moves forward under Mr. Mueller’s direction.  The President and his advisors have a duty to cooperate fully with all investigative efforts.  All Americans deserve to know that the men and women who serve them in government are abiding by the letter and spirit of the law in all cases.  This appointment does not obviate the need for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s attack on our democracy.” 

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