Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy released the following statements Wednesday after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in last November's election.
Leahy said: “Bob Mueller has a distinguished career in law enforcement. I know him well, especially from our oversight work on the Judiciary Committee. He is widely respected in Congress, across the political spectrum. I welcome this development and am glad that Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein did the right thing by appointing a special counsel. Director Mueller has an enormous responsibility, to impartially determine the extent to which Russia has interfered in our democracy, and the depth of any connections between this administration and Russian officials.
“I have been pressing the Justice Department to take this step for months. But this must only be a first step. No doubt this investigation should extend to the circumstances that led to the President’s abrupt dismissal of James Comey, and to other critical matters that arise. This is important and urgent work. I look forward to his findings and pledge to support whatever resources his investigation may require.”
Sanders said: "Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation is a positive step. I am hopeful that he will help us get to the bottom of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, including any role the president may have played.
"To ensure the American people have full confidence in this investigation, it must be conducted in an open and transparent manner and be given the full resources it needs. Additionally, the ongoing investigations by both the Senate and House must continue."
Source: WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 – Leahy. Sanders