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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California

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Swalwell Issues Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel

May 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), the Ranking Member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Wednesday:

“Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel is welcome and needed for an investigation that was disrupted by the President's firing of FBI Director James Comey last week. But this is only half of the solution. As Mueller oversees an investigation of past crimes, we need a bipartisan-appointed, independent commission to investigate what happened, make a credible public report, and come up with reforms to prevent future crimes.”

Swalwell earlier Wednesday launched a discharge petition demanding a vote on H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member, bipartisan-appointed, independent commission to investigate Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election, and recommend how to prevent this from happening in the future. Swalwell and Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced the bill in December and again in January for the 115th Congress. H.R. 356 is co-sponsored by all House Democrats and by two Republican Members