(Newsroom America) -- Common Cause, a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy, says the guilty plea by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators and the indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, hammer home the need to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to run its course without interference.
Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn said the refusal of the White House to recognize the legitimacy or seriousness of the investigation and attempts to downplay Manafort’s role in the campaign, and likely Papadopoulos’ as well, are deeply troubling.
"The concerted effort by the Russian government to sway the 2016 presidential election is a direct attack on our nation and must be investigated thoroughly. Common Cause members across the country are urging their representatives in Congress to support legislation to ensure that there is no interference with the Special Counsel and his investigation," she said.
Ms Hobert Flynn says despite the President’s attempts to downplay Manafort’s role in the campaign, his role was extensive and he played a key role in securing the Republican nomination for Donald Trump.
"It is also important to emphasize that the charges against Manafort focus on his extensive work for and payments from a Kremlin-supported Ukrainian politician. At the Republican Party convention Manafort also orchestrated changes in the party platform favorable to Russia.
"Gates’ involvement with the Administration outlasted Manafort’s, extending through the transition and inauguration and afterwards with the pro-Trump America First Priorities.
"Russian interference in our elections will not stop, which makes it imperative that the Special Counsel’s investigation be given the time and resources necessary to follow the evidence wherever it leads. Americans deserve to truth about what happened and whom was involved," she said.