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Despite donations, Faso claims he can be impartial on Trump investigation

Sep 19, 2018 11:23 am
William J. Kemble writes in The Daily Freeman that while Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) votes with Donald Trump 90 percent of the time, he says "he can stand up to his Trump-allied campaign contributors if Special Counsel Robert Mueller reports that the president has broken the law." Faso also says, “I’m not influenced by a campaign donation.... I appreciate the support I receive to run an election but I’m my own person and I will make my decisions by what I think is in the public interest and nothing else.” Over the years, Kemble says, Faso has received campaign contributions from Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s media lawyer/spokesman Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Trump. “I’ve said right from the beginning that Mr. Mueller should complete his investigation and let the chips fall where they may,” he said. “We don’t know what he’s going to conclude. Obviously he’s making progress on his investigation but I’m going to wait and see what he says and I’m going to wait and call it as I see it at that point.” Faso's Democratic opponent Antonio Delgado would not criticize the Congressperson in this issue. “I don’t have a window into John Faso’s mind,” Delgado said. Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield says there is already enough evidence to impeach Trump, but then says, “I believe that John Faso actually could weigh the Mueller report without his donations sources being the principal influence on how he’s going to feel about that,” despite Faso not agreeing with him on the impeachment evidence. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.