VOL. 132 | NO. 99 | Thursday, May 18, 2017
Local Reaction To Mueller Appointment in Trump-Russia Probe
By Bill Dries
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate ties between President Donald Trump 2016 campaign and Russia.
Rosenstein announced Wednesday, May 17, that he has named former FBI director Robert Mueller as the special prosecutor.
Here is reaction from the Tennessee delegation to Washington:
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis):
“I applaud the appointment of Bob Mueller as a special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation. Director Mueller has a sterling reputation as former director of the FBI and as a former federal prosecutor. However, a bipartisan, independent commission is also needed, as well as continued Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch. We need to see documents and interview witnesses to uncover the full truth about any possible abuses of power.”
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee):
“During his service as FBI Director for both President Bush and President Obama, Robert Mueller earned a reputation for independence and integrity, which are exactly the qualities needed to pursue the Russia investigation to its conclusion. The bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later.”
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee):
“I look forward to hearing from Deputy AG Rosenstein about his decision to appoint a special counsel when he briefs the Senate tomorrow.”