Butterfield Statement on Trump Campaign Contacts with Russia
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement after reports that Donald Trump, Jr. agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign after learning that the individual had potentially compromising information designed by the Russian government to bolster Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and damage then-opponent Hillary Clinton:
“The reports that Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer regarding potentially damaging information should set off an alarm for all Americans. Today’s revelations from Donald Trump, Jr. himself show that his father’s campaign was willing to work with an adversarial foreign power in order to influence the presidential election.
“I am alarmed by the continued slow drip of revelations regarding the Trump Administration’s ties to the Russian government. The evidence of unlawful collusion appears to be increasing by the day. The American people deserve honest answers and accountability from President Trump and his associates. It is critical that Special Counsel Mueller continues his work and that Congress establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the full extent of Russia’s interference in our election and its involvement with Mr. Trump and his associates. Americans expect and deserve swift action on this matter.”