John Barrasso, Mike Enzi

Sen. John Barrasso, left, and Sen. Mike Enzi walk through the Capitol in 2015. All three members of Wyoming's congressional delegation released statements emphasizing the importance of the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election.


Wyoming’s Republican congressional delegation emphasized the importance of the independent investigation into interference in last year’s presidential election, following the revelation that President Donald Trump’s eldest son met during the campaign with someone he believed was a representative of the Russian government.

Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged Monday he made time for the meeting hoping to get information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“Vladimir Putin and his cronies are not America’s friends, they are adversaries who deserve to be treated as such,” Rep. Liz Cheney, the state’s lone representative in the U.S. House, said in a statement Friday.

A longtime critic of Russia, Cheney called for the Department of Justice’s independent investigation to continue “so that the FBI and bipartisan committees in Congress have the opportunity to follow the facts where they lead.”

Some election law experts said a discussion of potentially damaging information on Clinton could prompt scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in light of federal laws barring foreign contributions to campaigns.

Sen. John Barrasso said the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence would investigate the meeting as part of the larger question of Russian interference in the presidential election.

“The American people deserve answers,” Barrasso said in a statement. “We’re going to get to the bottom of this.”

Wyoming’s senior senator, Mike Enzi, was the most cautious of the three. His spokesman called for restraint in order to preserve the integrity of both Mueller’s investigation and those being overseen by the House and Senate.

“Senator Enzi believes we need the full facts before we jump to any conclusions or take any necessary action,” spokesman Max D’Onofrio wrote in a statement.

Trump Jr. released an email chain Tuesday between himself and an associate arranging a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked lawyer, promising damaging information about Clinton.

When offered Russian help in defeating Clinton, he emailed: “I love it.”

Foreign nationals are prohibited from providing “anything of value” to campaigns, though the law typically applies to monetary campaign contributions.

Trump Jr.’s meeting, which was also attended by then-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, has proved a major distraction for the White House during a week that Republicans hoped to focus on gaining support for repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Barrasso, who has been closely involved with the healthcare legislation, said the scandal would not interfere with his work on the issue.

“The Senate will continue to work on health reform as scheduled next week,” Barrasso said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


Star-Tribune reporter Arno Rosenfeld covers local government, with a focus on Casper and Natrona County.

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