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Welch Statement on Trump-Putin Press Conference

July 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:

“Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki was stunningly reckless, even by his standards. On an international stage and with the world watching, the American president defiantly sided with a former KGB officer over U.S. intelligence agencies and the Justice Department, despite overwhelming evidence that Russia tried to sabotage our 2016 election.  In doing so, he denigrated and undermined the important work of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies.  With Republican congressional leaders willing to look the other way, it’s clear that Robert Mueller is the only person in Washington capable of holding accountable those who enabled and participated in this unprecedented attack on America.  I am confident Mr. Mueller watched this press conference with interest and that he will factor it into his methodical effort to find the truth.”