Congressional and U.S. Senate members on both sides of the aisle Sunday 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.
“(The) investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr’s letter said.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank — who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and has been one of Trump’s most determined critics in Congress — tweeted: “Mueller’s report is going to have to be made public ASAP — a summary of his conclusions simply won’t cut it. And the underlying evidence must be produced. Absolute transparency is required. Mueller spent two years investigating, and the public has a right to know what he found.”
Addressing reporters Sunday at a South Los Angeles event, longtime Trump critic Maxine Waters said:
“I’m worried that Attorney General Barr is not going to be as transparent as he can be. And I’m worried that somehow, Trump supporters will take this opportunity to try and say there’s been no problems, there’s been no collusion, there’s been no crimes committed.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said on Twitter: “As we look back, Democratic leaders acted irresponsibly and threw caution to the wind. While this conclusion is an embarrassment to those Democrats, it is more discouraging to think of the opportunity costs to our country. This should be a lesson to my Democrat colleagues that chasing imagined scandals and following a partisan investigatory agenda will not result in any meaningful change for the country. In fact, it will do the opposite.”
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Fresno — ranking Republican on the House Inteligence Committee, also said on Twitter: “The Russia investigation was based on false pretenses, false Intel and false media reports. House Intel found a year ago there was no evidence of collusion and Democrats who falsely claim to have such evidence have needlessly provoked a terrible, more than two-year-long crisis.”
Democratic California Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris said Barr’s summary was not enough to draw conclusions.
“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.”
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.”
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