Udall, Democratic Senators Call for Independent Prosecutor to Investigate Trump Officials’ Collusion with Russia and Apparent White House Cover-Up

Senators to AG Sessions: ‘At stake is the integrity and honesty of our most trusted public officials and the viability of our justice system’

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and a group of 10 other senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing.

“An independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it, and when,” the senators wrote. “To maintain the confidence, credibility and impartiality of the Department of Justice, we urge you to immediately appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate collusion with the Russian government by General Flynn and other Trump campaign, transition, and Administrative officials.”

The letter, which was led by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), was signed by Udall, Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

Yesterday, following General Flynn’s resignation, Udall called for a full, independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. “National security and the sanctity of our democratic government are not Republican or Democratic issues. Attorney General Sessions is too close to the president. We need a thorough, independent investigation into any and all dealings between President Trump, his team and the Russian government,” Udall said.

The full text of the letter is available here.