Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Appointment of Special Counsel for Russia Investigation Could Help Restore Public Confidence

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, applauded the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the FBI’s Russia investigation, which she had called for in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week.  

“With this step, the FBI is on a path to restoring public confidence in our democratic processes and institutions,” DeGette said. “We don’t yet know where this path may lead, but better to pursue it bravely than to let lingering questions and jarring daily developments further undermine our country.”

In her May 11 letter to Rosenstein, DeGette wrote, “At such times, it is the duty of the President and his administration to take the necessary steps to ensure that partisanship and self-preservation do not corrupt our country. … The American people deserve to receive a full accounting of Russian activities in this area.”

Noting that news stories of the past few days had brought one shocking revelation after another involving Russian officials, President Trump’s actions, the firing of FBI director James Comey, alleged conversations between Comey and President Trump, and other matters, DeGette said, “The coming weeks and months will likely bring more revealing investigative reporting, along with rampant rumors, misdirection and misinformation. A truly independent, impartial Special Counsel will follow the cold, hard facts wherever they lead. And the Justice Department can determine whether there has been a violation of federal law in a way that no other approach to these issues can.”

DeGette has long supported the formation of an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, including any possible collusion with the Trump campaign.  She was among the many Democratic members of Congress who today signed a discharge petition to force a vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. This bill, which will establish such a commission, has been ignored by the House Republican leadership, along with other substantive legislation intended to hold the President accountable.