Senator Murray: Release of ‘untruthful’ memo is ‘disgraceful’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said the country needs the truth about Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election, and criticized President Trump’s role as “disgraceful” in the release of a Republican memo Friday that attacked the FBI.

Murray released the following statement Friday:

“The American people deserve the truth about Russia’s interference in the 2016 Election, and they deserve to have confidence that their government is committed to preventing such interference by a foreign power from ever happening again.

“Sadly, it’s clear the sole intention of this misleading and untruthful ‘memo’ released today — against the wishes of the Department of Justice and the FBI — is to distract the public from these goals. This partisan exercise is not only self-serving and extraordinarily reckless, it’s deeply damaging to the public’s faith in our institutions and to the men and women who go to work every day to keep our nation safe from harm. President Trump’s complicity in this release is disgraceful.”

Murray added: “As I’ve said from the outset, it is critical that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is able to continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead — without threats or intimidation, and with all the resources he needs — so the American people get the full explanation they deserve.

“This investigation isn’t about politics — this is about the integrity of our elections, our national security, and our standing around the world. No one should stand in the way of a thorough investigation,” she said.

Earlier Friday, Murray joined her colleagues in a letter to Trump warning him that using the partisan “Nunes Memo” as a pretext to fire Special Counsel Bob Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — who is overseeing Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation — would be considered an attempt to obstruct justice and spark a constitutional crisis.

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