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The Gloucester Times: Moulton Calls on Congress to Investigate Trump’s ties to Russia

February 15th, 2017

Congressman calls into question president’s loyalties

By: Ethan Forman

Sixth District Congressman Seth Moulton has called on both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to independently investigate reports of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.

“I’m calling on my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to put our country before politics and support a comprehensive investigation into the ties between the Trump White House and Putin’s Russia,” said Moulton in a prepared statement.

Moulton, a Salem Democrat whose district includes Cape Ann, said Americans lack “clarity about who this administration works for.”

 Moulton’s statement comes amid controversy over Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. A Tuesday report in the The New York Times looked at Trump campaign advisers’ alleged contacts with Russian intelligence officials last year, something the White House has denied happened. Trump, instead, has been critical of leaks to the media.

“Despite what the Trump White House puts forth to distract us, we cannot lose sight of the broader context of the Trump administration’s ties to our enemy Russia and its brutal dictator, Vladimir Putin,” said Moulton, an Iraq War veteran who serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

“We know that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president,” Moulton said, “and that is either because Russia believes Trump is Putin’s buddy, or it’s because Russia has material they can use against our commander in chief.”

Moulton’s call to investigate Trump follows the Monday resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who reports say misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about his phone calls to the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. Flynn reportedly said in his resignation letter he gave Pence and others “incomplete information” about the calls and whether they dealt with U.S. sanctions placed on Russia by the outgoing Obama administration in response to reported Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 election.

Pence had vouched on television that Flynn had not talked about sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded they may have. The White House said an erosion of trust led to Flynn’s resignation, and there was nothing illegal in Flynn’s conversations with the Russian envoy.

 Moulton also reacted to reports there was a three-week delay between Flynn’s resignation and when the Trump administration was warned by the Justice Department about what was said on the calls, and what was said publicly about them.

“Americans should never have to question whether our president will be loyal to the Constitution and to our country,” Moulton said. “But given President Trump’s repeated praise for Putin and the fact that the White House knew about Flynn’s actions for weeks and chose to do nothing, Americans do not have clarity about who this administration works for.”

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