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Local congress members react to release of Mueller Report summary

 

Last updated 3/25/2019 at 9:37am



RIVERSIDE - Congressional and U.S. Senate members on both sides of the aisle on Sunday, March 24 called for making public the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, a summary of which was released by the U.S. Justice Department.

In a four-page letter, Attorney General William Barr wrote that Mueller's report found that President Donald Trump had not "conspired or coordinated'' with Russia to influence the election.

Mueller's report did not come down on either side of if Trump obstructed justice and left that decision to the Justice Department.

Barr decided not to pursue charges.

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, released a statement calling for the public release of "as much of the Mueller possible,'' but also chided his political counterparts.

"Democrats and their media allies will try to save face in the wake of their false narrative being dispelled once and for all, but the President and his campaign have been completely exonerated.''

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, referenced a bipartisan, nonbinding House of Representatives resolution earlier this month urging for making public the Mueller report.

"The House voted 420-0 to make the Mueller report public,'' Takano tweeted. "This is about transparency and truth -- and a four-page summary from Trump's AG doesn't cut it. The American people deserve to see the whole thing.''

In a news conference, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler dismissed Barr's conclusions, and said they "raise more questions than they answer.''

"We cannot simply rely on what may be a hasty, partisan interpretation of the facts,'' he said.

Following the summary's release, California Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris also said Barr's summary was not enough to draw conclusions on and that Congress should be granted access to the investigation's raw files.

"The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify,'' Harris said in a Tweet. "That is what transparency looks like. A short letter from Trump's hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient.''

Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said Barr's summary of the Mueller report is inadequate and demonstrates why Congress needs to obtain the full report and underlying evidence.

"Mueller elected to describe the facts, leaving it to Attorney General Barr to decide whether the president committed a crime,'' Feinstein said. "However, months ahead of his nomination, Barr wrote a 19-page memo concluding the president couldn't commit obstruction, so it's no surprise he reached the same conclusion now. I plan to call on Attorney General Barr to provide the full report and underlying material to Congress so we can conduct proper oversight.''

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement regarding the Mueller findings and today's Barr letter, calling it "a great day for all Americans.''

"As we have said all along, there was no collusion and no obstruction,'' McDaniel said. "Now that this investigation is over, Democrats need to finally end their baseless investigations and political crusade against President Trump for the good of the country."

 

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