Gov. Mark Dayton visited the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's St. Paul lab facility Thursday and praised the work of forensic scientists in solving crimes.
"Your ability to identify criminals ... is one of the phenomenal breakthroughs of science in my lifetime," Dayton told the gathered BCA employees. The governor issued a a proclamation declaring "Forensic Science Week."
Mona Dohman, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, praised the scientists' work: "It has the power to identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent," she said.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.