Local lawmakers respond as more details emerge of Mueller's report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The justice department sent out a letter Sunday about the findings in the two-year investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump.

Attorney General William Barr declared Sunday that Mueller's report – filed Friday - found no evidence that Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller also looked into whether Trump tried to obstruct the inquiry, but did not provide a definitive answer on that point.

KATU News reporter Keaton Thomas reached out to every member of Congress representing Oregon and Southwest Washington.

He heard from a handful of them – whether through official statements or through tweets - with Democrats saying they want Mueller’s full report released, while Republicans say they need to accept what they have.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici:

The public deserves to see Special Counsel Mueller’s full report and the documents underlying it. Although the Special Counsel did not find enough evidence to bring a criminal case against the President, he also specifically said that the report did not exonerate the President, and we must remember these facts: our intelligence agencies already confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s candidacy. People associated with Trump have been indicted or convicted for lying to Congress and the FBI.

The President was negotiating a major business deal in Russia while running for President. There are still many outstanding questions about the President’s actions and conflicts of interest.

The U.S. House of Representatives will continue to fulfill its responsibility to independently investigate these issues and their repercussions on our democracy.

Rep Greg Walden:

I supported Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel & consistently supported ensuring his two-year investigation was free from any political influence.

Special Counsel Mueller deserves the gratitude of all Americans for his public service & for conducting this important investigation with integrity & professionalism. His exhaustive work makes clear that President Trump & his campaign did not collude with the Russians. Period.

The special counsel & his team came to this conclusion after a rigorous investigation that followed all leads to get to the facts. Now, those who promoted this conspiratorial theory should accept the facts of Mr. Mueller’s findings.

Sen. Jeff Merkley:

AG Barr’s summary is grossly insufficient. Congress and the public need to see the FULL #MuellerReport IMMEDIATELY.

Just a reminder: the standard to be worthy of serving as President of the United States isn’t “the evidence wasn’t sufficient to prove criminal behavior beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Sen. Ron Wyden:

Barr made it clear before he was nominated that he didn’t think Trump committed obstruction of justice. That's why Trump made him AG.

If Mueller did present arguments and evidence for why the President of the United States obstructed justice, they need to be made public. Now.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer:

A 4-page summary by a Trump appointee does not properly reflect 2 years of work by Mueller's team.

America deserves to see it all, now!


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