Durbin Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel to Investigate Russian Connection

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement:

This is a critical step and I'm glad Mr. Rosenstein took it. The past 48 hours have shown the lengths that the President and his Administration will go to hinder and halt this investigation, so I will withhold judgment pending its progress. The eyes of the nation are on Mr. Mueller and his team.

The special counsel will examine and prosecute any crimes that may have been committed, but this will not solve the bigger crisis of Russia's cyberattack on our country—only an independent commission can do that.