Velazquez on Appointment of a Special Counsel
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that a Special Counsel has appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:
“I am pleased the Deputy Attorney General appointed a Special Counsel, something I have been calling for since December. Mr. Mueller is well suited for this role and brings the necessary impartiality and commitment to upholding the law.
“He certainly has a large task ahead of him. I will be watching carefully to ensure he has the resources he needs and that there is no political interference in his investigation.
“The events of the last week have made clear that our nation needs as much credible, independent investigative scrutiny as possible. In that regard, I will continue to call on Speaker Ryan to allow a vote on legislation creating an independent commission to investigate. There are enough threads here to merit multiple investigative tracks. After all, these issues go to the heart of our democracy and we must use every possible tool to unearth all relevant facts.”
In December, Velázquez was the first Member of Congress to call for a Special Counsel, a request she repeated after Flynn’s resignation in February. She repeated that request as recently as today in a letter to Rosenstein. A .pdf is online here.
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