REP LIEU STATEMENT ON INDICTMENT OF 13 RUSSIANS IN SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION

February 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D – Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Justice Department’s Special Counsel announced the indictment of 13 Russians implicated in a wide-ranging scheme to interfere with the 2016 election. 

“As a former prosecutor, I recognize that these indictments echo what intelligence officials have been saying for over a year about Russia’s dangerous and aggressive campaign to interfere in our elections. Russia’s broad efforts to destabilize our democracy cannot succeed so long as we, regardless of which side of the aisle we’re on, wholeheartedly condemn Russia’s actions.

I hope this puts to rest in President Trump’s mind once and for all that Russia is not our ally and Vladimir Putin is not our friend. It’s more important than ever to confront and stop misinformation campaigns and put resources behind improving election security moving forward. I implore President Trump to allow the Justice Department and Special Counsel Mueller to continue their investigation to ensure we can understand the full scope of this interference.

Also, President Trump's refusal to implement bipartisan congressional sanctions on Russia looks more and more suspicious."

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