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Congressman Brendan Boyle

Representing the 13th District of Pennsylvania


Boyle Statement on the Appointment of Special Prosecutor Mueller to Investigate Trump-Russia Connection

May 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Justice Department’s naming of a special prosecutor on the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in our election:

“The appointment today of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor for the Russia investigation is a positive first step in the right direction. For several months, I have been calling for an independent prosecutor and independent commission to get to the bottom of this serious matter with impartiality. This decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – a native of my district- to bring in an independent, well-respected public servant from outside the Trump administration is a very positive first step.” said Congressman Boyle.

“While the appointment of an independent counsel is a positive step, there is still an urgent need for a full, independent investigation into the Trump-Russia connection. The President has been caught trying to shut down the FBI’s investigation of his National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, firing the Director of the FBI for investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia, and jeopardizing the security of the American people by compromising highly-classified intelligence to the Russians,” Boyle added.

Boyle has long been calling for a special prosecutor and independent commission on Trump's ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 election. He also cosponsors H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate foreign interference, specifically by Russia, in the 2016 U.S. elections and H. Res. 184, a resolution of inquiry directing the President and Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives within 14 days after adoption of this resolution copies of any document or other communication in their possession that refers or relates to the application of provisions regarding grounds for appointing a special counsel to any case involving the 2016 presidential election or any related matter.