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Conyers: Special Counsel Does Not Relieve Congress of its Oversight Responsibilities

May 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”  

Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, released the following statement in response:

“Given the events of the past few months and the past few days in particular, the appointment of Director Mueller as special counsel is certainly appropriate.  The Deputy Attorney General’s decision reflects the seriousness of the allegations against President Trump and his associates—and the degree to which the public had lost confidence in the political leadership of the Trump Administration on this matter.

“But let me be clear: the appointment of special counsel does not relieve Congress of its responsibility to conduct oversight of the Trump Administration. 

“I am disappointed that Congress has taken precious few meaningful actions to investigate President Trump’s decision to fire Director Comey, the President’s admission that he did so because he did not like the Russia investigation, and reports that Trump tried to waive Director Comey off of the investigation altogether.  I continue to stand with my colleagues on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in urging our chairmen to look into these matters without delay.”

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