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Congressman John Garamendi’s Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Indictment of Russian Entities

February 16, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of over a dozen Russian entities for interference in American elections:

“We now know beyond any shadow of doubt that Russian operatives conspired to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Not only did they promote and oppose specific candidates; they also worked to sow discord, make us distrust our government, and divide us against each other.

“I thank Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his hard work and diligence in safeguarding our democracy against foreign threats. The most important thing citizens have in our democracy is our vote. Nobody, whether foreign or domestic, can be allowed to interfere with this precious right.”

“The right to vote is the most precious thing citizens have in our democracy. Regardless of our political views or party membership, we as Americans must stand strong against any efforts to use disinformation, manipulation and deceit to divide us against ourselves. I hope that these indictments will shine additional light on the extent of these efforts and allow us as Americans to unite as one to safeguard the democracy we all hold dear.”

“President Putin may enjoy fixing elections in Russia, but his attempts to do the same here should be met with sharp consequences. Last August, Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill authorizing sanctions against any Russian entities that interfered with our elections. Unfortunately, President Trump took no action before the deadline of January 29 to impose these sanctions. With Special Counsel Mueller’s indictments today, no more evidence is needed for President Trump to carry out the law that he signed and impose the sanctions that Congress has authorized.”