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Congress members react to appointment of Special Counsel in Russian investigation

5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has released a statement about the appointment of a Special Counsel in the investigation into possible Russian interference in the election. 


Esty says the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller is an immensely positive step toward determining the facts and preventing future attacks on our democratic institutions.  She added that the American people deserve to know the full scope of Russia’s activities, including who within the United States may have participated.


4th District Congressman Jim Himes has also released a statement. 


Himes said Mueller brings with him two vital factors: a reputation as a man of the highest integrity, honesty and fairness and the widespread respect of the entire FBI.  Himes said he's optimistic that under this new leadership the FBI will be able to carry on its vital work. 


Himes added that during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible links to the Trump campaign, the concurrent FBI investigation brought needed manpower and resources.