Senator Markey Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel to Oversee Trump-Russia Investigation

Washington (May 17, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to conduct an investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  

“Now that the Department of Justice has done the right thing and appointed a Special Counsel to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation, in order to guarantee a serious and thorough investigation, we need to ensure this position is well-resourced, fully-independent and far away from any White House interference. The role of a Special Counsel is to follow all the facts wherever they lead, and bring charges if warranted.  The American people deserve answers and Robert Mueller is a good choice to get them.

“But we must also ensure that President Trump does no additional damage to U.S. national security in his dealings with Russia. We need the White House to make the transcript of President Trump’s meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador available to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees as soon as possible. Both Congressional Intelligence Committees should also have full access to the memoranda authored by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his meetings with President Trump, and I urge Mr. Comey to testify to the Congressional Committees about what he knows.”