Democratic Leaders React to Manafort Indictment

By on October 30, 2017
Democrat leaders Schumer and Pelosi call for Mueller to be unimpeded.

Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were among the prominent Democratic leaders who spoke out on Monday in response to the high-profile indictments of Paul Manafort and his business partner.

Schumer said that the news goes to “show that the special counsel’s probe is ongoing in a very serious way.”

“The rule of law is paramount in America and the investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded,” Schumer said in a statement. “The President must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way. If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues.”

Pelosi issued her own statement calling for “an outside, fully independent investigation” into Russia’s interference in the election “and the involvement of Trump officials.”

“Even with an accelerating Special Counsel investigation inside the Justice Department, and investigations inside the Republican Congress, we still need an outside, fully independent investigation,” Pelosi said. “Defending the integrity of our democracy demands that Congress look forward to counter Russian aggression and prevent future meddling with our elections.”

Senate Judiciary member Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also weighed in:

Special counsel Robert Mueller was able to get the first charges from his probe approved against Manafort and Gates on Friday by a grand jury. They each face 12 separate charges, which include conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, false statements, and FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act) fraud.

Republicans are already scrambling to downplay the significance of the charges against Manafort and Gates, which is why Democrats need to seize the opportunity and galvanize around this issue to keep the pressure on the Trump administration. So long as the left keeps up a united front, the specter of collusion is going to make it tough for Trump and his GOP cronies to accomplish their draconian agenda.