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Rep. Welch Remarks from House Floor Urging Congress to Investigate Trump Ties to Russia

After only 24 days in office, President Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned in disgrace.

Why?

He had direct contact with the Russian ambassador assuring him—in likely violation of U.S. law—that the Obama sanctions against Russia would be reversed.

And then he lied about it.

And there is evidence of Trump campaign officials having regular contact with Russian officials.

And we know Russia hacked into DNC files and doled out stolen information with the goal of aiding the Trump campaign.

So the question is: What is the Russian connection?

Congress must do its job:

We should conduct a full scale, no-holds-barred investigation of the links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

There is a mountain of evidence we cannot ignore.

The American people have a right to know, of course.

But even more importantly, the enduring strength of our democracy is being tested.

Congress must maintain our constitutional protection of checks and balances. Investigate now. Investigate fully. I yield back.