Bennet Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

"The American people deserve the truth," Bennet said. "The questions associated with this investigation and the firing of Director Comey are fundamental to our national security and our democracy. This is a critical first step, but I still believe we need an independent commission.

"Congress also must conduct its oversight role in line with its Constitutional responsibilities, and we urge the majority to step up and push for a bipartisan and rigorous process in both the House and the Senate to accomplish that goal."

Bennet has called for an independent special prosecutor or counsel since March 2, 2017, and he co-sponsored legislation to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate the Russian government's interference in the 2016 election.