Esty Statement on Recent Allegations of Russian Involvement in 2016 Presidential Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement regarding the revelation of emails leading up to Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meeting directly with a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin as a way to gain information on President Trump’s former opponent, Secretary Hilary Clinton:
“Today's revelation of emails between the President's son Donald, Jr. and an individual offering to provide information from the Russian government that would be damaging to the President's then political opponent are extremely troubling.
"In fact, the emails released today are shocking to the extent that they indicate not only a willingness, but an eagerness on behalf of the President's closest political advisors to engage with the Russian government to acquire politically damaging information on their then-opponent. That the emails led in a matter of days to a meeting between the President's closest political advisors and a Russian attorney whom the President's son Donald Jr. had been told was a "Russian government official" with information that "would incriminate Hillary and be very useful to your father" adds to the depth of my concern.
“These recent revelations make clearer than ever that we need a vigorous nonpartisan, independent investigation to look into these matters. It is the only way to assure public confidence in the integrity of this investigation into foreign efforts to influence our election.
“Russia’s interference in the electoral process is a threat to American democracy. By deliberately undermining the credibility of our free press, as well as purposefully misleading voters with dishonest information, Russia has wronged the American people. The American people deserve to know to the fullest extent Russia’s activities in our electoral process, and who from within the United States may have enabled this to happen. And we must take steps to protect ourselves in the future from such interference in our elections by a hostile foreign power."