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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Sanford on Appointment of Special Counsel

May 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement after the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election:

“While it’s been my belief that the intelligence committees had the ability to have investigated this matter, I think that the appointment of a special counsel at this point is important. It means an extra layer of certainty in the process, and this third-party look provides a degree of independence that would not have been there otherwise. Many people I’ve talked with at home are frightened and confused by the differing allegations currently out there, and this makes an independent judgment on what transpired that much more vital in maintaining trust in some of our nation’s highest institutions.”