Your Congress members weigh in on Mueller report release

Members of the House and Senate who represent the Local 6 area are responding to the redacted Mueller report that was released Thursday by U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Barr released on Thursday a redacted version of the 448-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller into accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. To read the report, click here.

Here’s a look at the statements your senators and representatives sent out.

Kentucky

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R):

“I’m grateful for the Attorney General’s diligent work to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as possible to Congress and to the American people. The nation is fortunate to have an experienced leader like Bill Barr in place to ensure maximum possible transparency while carefully protecting classified material and legally restricted grand jury information. Like all of my colleagues, I look forward to carefully reviewing the report.”

Illinois

Dick Durbin

Sen. Dick Durbin (D):

“The Special Counsel’s findings paint a very different picture than what the President and his Attorney General would have the American people believe. Special Counsel Mueller has provided a detailed and sobering report about the troubling contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians and about the President’s efforts to impede and end the Special Counsel’s investigation. I believe it is imperative that Special Counsel Mueller testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees in order to discuss his findings with Congress and the American people. The American people must have full transparency to draw their own conclusions.

“I’ve said from the beginning that I would take the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller seriously. He is a man of integrity, character, and duty to his country. I thank him for his service.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois

Sen. Tammy Duckworth:

“Attorney General Barr’s biased press conference this morning was a low point for our nation and the rule of law. It’s sad to see the Attorney General of the United States acting as if he were the President’s personal lawyer. The American people deserve the opportunity to read the complete findings of Robert Mueller and to hear from the Special Counsel, who must testify before Congress in a public hearing as soon as possible so he can fully explain the report and the context behind its findings.”

Rep. Mike Bost:

“After 22 months and a team of 60 investigators issued 2,800 subpoenas, conducted 500 witness interviews, and executed 500 search warrants, the independent Mueller investigation and U.S. Attorney General William Barr – our nation’s top law enforcement officer – determined what many had expected all along: there was no collusion with Russia.

“However, the American people deserve transparency. That is why I voted to pass bipartisan legislation encouraging the Department of Justice to release the report in the most transparent manner allowable by law and that would not jeopardize our national security sources and methods of intelligence gathering.

“As Congress and the American people review its findings in detail, I am pleased that we can begin closing this divisive chapter of American history and focus on creating jobs, growing our economy, keeping our citizens safe, and rebuilding our infrastructure.”

Tennessee

Sen. Lamar Alexander (via his official Twitter account):

“Robert Mueller is a respected prosecutor. He has determined that the president did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election. Attorney General Barr has released as much of Mueller’s report as he legally and appropriately can.”

“It is time for both sides to stop hyperventilating over the Mueller investigation and focus on #LowerHealthCareCosts and #MakingCollegeWorthIt for students.”

 

David Kustoff

District 8 Rep. David Kustoff:

“Today, after nearly two years, Attorney General Barr made it very clear that there was no collusion and no obstruction of justice. As a former United States Attorney, I believe Attorney General Barr handled the legal requirements with the public’s need for full transparency extremely well. I hope the Democrat party can finally move on and end their politically motivated investigations against President Trump. I look forward to thoroughly reading the full report in the coming days.”

Missouri

Sen. Roy Blunt (sent ahead of the report’s release):

“I look forward to the opportunity to look through the publicly available report. I agree with the four categories of redacted material that will not be made public. I am hopeful that the Senate Intelligence Committee is able to look at all of the report, with the exception of the grand jury material, and believe it will assist us in bringing our investigation of Russian involvement in our elections to a conclusion.”

Missouri. Sen. Josh Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley (from his press office’s official Twitter account):

On redactions in the report: “They’re culling out the material they’re legally required to withhold, and then they’re going to give all the rest of it to Congress and to the public. And I think that is exactly the right approach.”

 

On alleged potential FBI misconduct during and after the Trump presidential campaign: “I don’t want to go back to the day when the FBI in this country tried to run the country.”