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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Following Reports of Russian Payment to Trump Lawyer, Quigley Calls on House Republicans to Reopen Intelligence Investigation

May 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Member on the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement in response to reports that President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, received $500,000 from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg:

“Less than a week after the American public learned that Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg was questioned by Special Counsel Mueller, we also became aware that the same oligarch paid President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, $500,000. This most recent development comes on the heels of other troubling revelations made since Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee shut down the Russia Investigation. The ever-growing web of connections between the president’s inner circle and Russian officials is no coincidence. Unfortunately, HPSCI Republicans have decided to ignore these blatant links and dismiss all instances of consequential communication—and now direct payment.

“By choosing to prematurely end the committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in our election, House Republicans are allowing the safety and security of our country to take a backseat to a self-perceived, short-term political victory. With each passing day, the evidence of collusion is not fading; it is flourishing. That is why I am calling on Chairman Nunes and Speaker Ryan to reopen our HPSCI investigation and finally join Democrats in playing an authentic, active role in our search for answers. We cannot afford to sweep the truth under the rug any longer.”