The Trump-Russia special counsel: Florida pols weigh in

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump‘s 2016 presidential campaign drew a muted response from the White House and cautious approval from some Florida members of Congress.

Here’s a rundown:

President Donald Trump enters Mar-a-Lago to begin a weekend in March. (Meghan McCarthy/Palm Beach Daily News)

President Donald Trump: “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.  I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.  In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio: “Mr. Mueller is widely respected for his independence and professionalism. I have confidence that he will conduct a fair and thorough investigation. For the sake of the country, all parties must fully cooperate with his efforts that are focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This effort should in no way be allowed to impede the ability of the Senate Intelligence Committee to conduct and conclude its investigation into the same subject. It is my hope that these investigations will now move expeditiously.”

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson: “Bob Mueller has the experience to conduct a thorough investigation. Now, the administration must provide him the resources and independent authority he needs to follow the facts wherever they lead.”

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City.

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City: “We should never run or hide from the truth.  If we seek out truth and embrace it then Americans can know we all play by the same set of rules.  I hope Former FBI Director Robert Mueller can be looked at as unbiased and his finding respected by all involved.”

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton (on Twitter): “Important step in Russia investigation. But any investigation must include possible obstruction of justice by POTUS.”

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach (on Facebook): “Thanks to public outcry, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein names a special counsel in Russia probe. Americans must stay vigilant.”

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston: “I’m encouraged by the Justice Department’s decision to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia connection, and I have a deep respect for former FBI Director Mueller. Assuming he is given true independence, this appointment will remove some of the clouds that have hung over our system of justice during this deeply troubling situation. It’s certainly overdue. However, the investigation must include Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, the Kremlin’s possible ties to the Trump campaign, and the President’s alleged interference in the Michael Flynn investigation. This is a positive step, but more still needs to be done to ensure that we provide the whole truth to the American people.”

 

 

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