Local lawmakers react to releasing of Mueller report

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In this March 24, 2019, photo, Special counsel Robert Mueller departs St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House in Washington. Democrats say they want “all of the underlying evidence” in Mueller’s investigation. But what is all of that evidence? (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Elected officials from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are offering their input regarding the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Below are their statements:

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN)

“I am very pleased Attorney General Barr made the final report publicly available, while protecting sensitive information. I have said it before and will say it again: sunlight is the best disinfectant. The American people have been waiting nearly two years for Special Counsel Mueller to finish his investigation into Russian election meddling and for him to submit his report to the Attorney General, and I believe they deserve to know what was in the report. The good news is even after costing taxpayers $25 million; after using 19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other professional staff; after issuing 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants and 50 orders of pen registers; and after conducting 500 witness interviews, there was still no evidence of collusion. I hope with the public release of his report Congress can get back to working with the president on policies that benefit all Americans.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

“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 reducing health care costs and making a college education worth it for students.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

“We have received the redacted version of the Special Counsel’s report, and I am carefully reviewing its contents and findings.

“Even a preliminary review of the material makes it clear that the Attorney General fundamentally mischaracterized the Special Counsel’s findings in his pre-emptive press conference this morning. In the days to come, it is essential that Congress hear directly from the Special Counsel regarding his investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee continues its own investigation, and I expect to receive a full briefing, an unredacted report, and all the materials underlying the Special Counsel’s findings.”

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

“While I have not had time to read the entire 400-page report, it is clear that the Special Counsel did not find that President Trump or his campaign colluded or cooperated with Russia. That issue is resolved. It is understandable that the President would be frustrated by an investigation into a crime he did not commit. Moreover, his frustration did not stop the Special Counsel from completing his investigation.

“The investigation is over, and the Attorney General has released its findings to the public. It is time to close this chapter.”

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