Congressman Krishnamoorthi on 12-Count Indictment Against Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort and Associate: “The President Must Allow the Mueller Investigation to Continue Unimpeded and Unhindered”
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of the House Oversight Committee issued the following statement on the first charges of the Mueller investigation:
“Today we learned that the first charges of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation have been filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates. The charges in the 12-count indictment include conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, tax evasion, and failing to register their actions on behalf of foreign clients. While these charges are extremely serious, they are likely only the beginning of those Special Counsel Mueller will file as his full investigation into Russian interference in our democracy continues.
Last week, at an Oversight Committee hearing, I questioned the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support at the IRS if any political appointee – at any agency – had exerted pressure on the IRS to not cooperate with Mueller’s probe. Given that one of the charges against Manafort is tax evasion, this only underscores the importance of all federal agencies having the independence to work with Mueller’s team. As more facts, and likely more charges come to light, the search for answers must continue and the President must allow the Mueller investigation to continue unimpeded and unhindered.”