In one of the strongest statements of support from a North Carolina member of Congress, U.S. Rep. David Rouzer said he does not expect any proof to emerge showing a connection between President Donald Trump and Russia.
Rouzer, a Republican from Johnston County, issued a statement this week backing Trump as new information emerged about investigations into Trump and his associates.
“To date there is no evidence of any collusion between the president or his campaign with the Russians, and I do not expect that to change,” he said.
Rouzer says he’s supportive of former FBI director Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.
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“Congress has an obligation to provide oversight of the executive branch on all matters, and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees take their responsibility seriously to follow the facts wherever they may lead,” the Congressman said. “I have every confidence that the newly appointed special counsel will do the same.”
Rouzer also had effusive praise for Trump’s record in his first months in office. “I fully support President Donald Trump and firmly believe that he is the right person at the right time to save America,” he said. “No president has done more so early in their administration to protect the moral and spiritual principles upon which this country was founded, nor has any president done more by this point of time in office for the working men and women who make America great.”
Meanwhile in a neighboring N.C. congressional district, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones has adopted a more critical stance. He’s one of only two House Republicans to call for an independent commission to oversee the Russia investigation, and he’s also supporting an effort to force Trump to release his tax returns.