Members of U.S. Congress from Kansas — all of whom are Republican — voiced varying degrees of support for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.
U.S. Rep. Ron Estes urged Mueller to conclude the investigation.
“While I support the process of investigating and safeguarding our elections, the American people are ready to move on and I would encourage Mueller and his team to wrap up their investigation quickly,” Estes said in a statement.
Mueller was selected to lead the probe by the U.S. Department of Justice in May. According to the Associated Press, he was given broad power to look into Russian meddling and any ties to President Donald Trump’s associates.
U.S. Rep Roger Marshall said there doesn’t appear to be any improprieties involving Trump.
“As far as I and many other Americans can tell, so far there is no evidence of collusion,” Marshall said.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran expressed strong support for Mueller.
“Given the clear evidence of Russian interference in our elections, I have long supported a special counsel investigation,” Moran said. “Robert Mueller is well-respected and known to be a person of integrity and his work to this point should give the American people confidence in his process. The distractions should stop, permitting the special counsel to do his job unimpeded and make certain we prevent future interference by Russia.”
In a controversial move last Friday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was fired. His dismissal set off a series of tweets from Trump who described the decision as “a great day for democracy.”
McCabe’s exit has been one of several high-level personnel changes. Estes said Trump is developing the best staff to serve the country.
“I’m more concerned with the inaction of Senate Democrats regarding the historic number of appointees waiting to be confirmed,” he said.
Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ communications director Lee Modesitt said the congresswoman wasn’t focused on staff turnover because it doesn’t have anything to do with her responsibilities as a legislator.
Though Trump has denied that he has considered firing Mueller, he has repeatedly deemed the investigation a “witch hunt.”
On Saturday, Trump tweeted, “The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime.”
Last month, Mueller brought a federal indictment against 13 Russians who were charged with interfering in the election, the Associated Press reported.
Jenkins and Kevin Yoder also expressed support for Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.
“The congresswoman supports the special counsel and Mr. Mueller’s efforts to determine the extent of Russia’s involvement in trying to undermine our democratic system and hopes that a conclusion can be reached soon to ensure future efforts from Russia may be thwarted,” said Modesitt.
“As has been the case from the very beginning, congressman Yoder supports the special counsel’s investigation into Russian attempts to interfere with our elections,” said CJ Grover, spokesman for Yoder.