May 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Appointment of Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel for Trump-Russia Investigation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that he is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign:

“It’s past time that a special counsel has been appointed to conduct this investigation. Director Mueller is a career public servant who has shown integrity and commitment to upholding the law, without political agenda. While we are still learning about the extent of the special counsel’s full scope of authority, I welcome this first step and urge the DOJ to ensure that Mr. Mueller has the resources and ability to conduct the investigation thoroughly, impartially, and without threat of retaliation.”