October 30, 2017

Whitehouse Statement on Indictments, Plea in Mueller Investigation

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on newly unsealed court records in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election:

“There is something to be said for the cold, factual language of an indictment, asserting the specific facts known and the specific laws broken.  And now we have a guilty plea from a Trump campaign adviser for false statements to federal agents about contacts with Russians.  These revelations show a skilled team of investigators pursuing serious charges.  Mr. Mueller, his team, and the grand juries with which they are working must be allowed to continue their work free from political interference.

“The new details concerning Mr. Manafort illuminate a serious challenge for our democracy.  Experts tell us America is far too exposed to money laundering, shell corporations, and the corruption such devices enable.  So it is vital that Congress continue its work to prevent further Russian meddling and to block the flow of corrupt money through shell corporations into our campaign finance system.”


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