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Monday, October 30, 2017 4:40 pm

Banks: Let Mueller's investigation play out

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Members of Indiana's congressional delegation were mostly silent about Monday's news that three former members of President Donald Trump's campaign team had been charged with crimes and one of them had pleaded guilty.

Reps. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Andre Carson, D-7th, apparently were the only federal lawmakers from Indiana to issue statements by mid-afternoon regarding the developments announced by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible links between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian officials.

"Months ago I & many other Republicans vowed to support Mueller investigation & allow it to work its way through process to get the facts," Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, wrote Monday on Twitter. "In light of today’s indictments we must continue to support and allow the integrity of the process to work."

Carson wrote on Twitter, "When a former campaign chair is indicted for illegally supporting a pro-Russia regime, calls to end the #Russia investigation are premature." Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged Monday with conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, making false statements and other crimes.