For Immediate Release Special Counsel Appointment is the Correct First Step, But An Independent Commission Is Still Needed

Statement by Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn

Posted on May 17, 2017

The voices of millions of Americans, from all parties and every point on the political spectrum, have been heard tonight. The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation of Russia’s interference in our election and possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is a positive, necessary first step in response to their demands for an independent investigation.

This is proof that our democracy is resilient. But we must remain engaged to ensure that Congress and the Department of Justice act to protect the independence of Director Mueller’s investigation. Common Cause continues to support creation of an independent commission, similar to the 9/11 Commission, to augment the efforts of the special prosecutor and follow the evidence wherever it leads.

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Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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