Following Monday’s summit in Finland between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Township) released the following statement in regard to Russia:
“Let us make no mistake: Russia is an aggressive foe and Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted. In my review of information available to me from the intelligence community, and through hearings in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, it is clear that Russian actors made a deliberate effort to sow discord in our American electoral process and hack into our election infrastructure. While there is no sign they altered votes, this cannot be tolerated. While I support diplomatic efforts, Russia, through its forceful annexation of Crimea, shooting down a civilian airliner, supporting of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, using chemical attacks in the United Kingdom, and more, has repeatedly demonstrated it is not a friend of America.”
At Monday’s summit, which took place in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, Trump sided with Putin who told the U.S. president that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election, causing an outcry from Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike. A lengthy investigation by the U.S. intelligence community – the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and others – collectively concluded that Russian officials interfered with the election.
Mitchell, a Republican, who represents Michigan’s 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives – which includes all of Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac counties as well as northern Macomb County and eastern Tuscola County – did not mention Trump in his statement. But rather focused on Russia and its record of tyranny, and agreed with U.S. Intelligence sources that discovered Russia’s 2016 election interference.