Rep. Takano Statement on Developments in Mueller Investigation

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed charges against three former Trump campaign officials: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates, and former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos. 

“The serious charges revealed today by Special Counsel Mueller only intensifies the concerns surrounding the Trump campaign’s relationship with the Russian government. Despite repeated denials from members of the campaign and President Trump himself, it is evident that the campaign had contacts with Russian officials that were inappropriate, at best, and most likely cause for more charges against senior campaign officials.

“It is also evident that the Mueller investigation is uncovering legitimate wrongdoing that threatens the health and sustainability of our democracy. Accordingly, Mr. Mueller must be given strong, bipartisan support that shields him from political attacks and protects the integrity of this investigation.

“I call on my colleagues in Congress – particularly Republican members who have been reluctant to speak publicly – to strongly and loudly reject any attempt to undermine or impede Special Council Mueller as he continues to determine whether President Trump’s campaign directly colluded with a foreign adversary in an effort to win the 2016 election.” 

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