The region’s Republican lawmakers in Congress are urging their colleagues to move on to more pressing legislative issues following a letter Sunday summarizing the findings of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, while Democrats first want a full public account of the report.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said in a statement Monday that the full report prepared by Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate potential ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, should be published. However, she pointed to Mueller’s conclusion, as reported by U.S. Attorney General William Barr, that there was no coordination between Trump’s team and Moscow as evidence Congress should move on.
“I look forward to seeing the special counsel’s full report, but as more details continue to come forward, it proves what President Trump has been saying all along – there was no collusion,” said McMorris Rodgers in the statement. “As I voted in favor of earlier this month, this report should be made available to the public for all to see. My only hope now is that we can all move forward and focus on the big issues facing our country.”
But U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who has been a vocal critic of Trump and called before the investigation’s end for Mueller’s whole report to be released publicly, said even with Barr’s release of a report summary this weekend, questions still remained.
“While Republicans are celebrating the fact that Special Counsel Mueller neither indicted nor exonerated the President as to obstruction of justice after five of his close associates and campaign advisors pleaded guilty to serious crimes — there is still an enormous amount of information that we don’t have and that people across the country deserve,” Murray said in a statement Monday.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, also called over the weekend for the full report to be released and indicated that Barr’s conclusions should not signal an end to the Congressional investigation of Trump and his campaign team.
“The House Judiciary Committee has the responsibility to investigate and conduct oversight into abuse of power, public corruption and obstruction of justice,” Jayapal said. “As a member of that Committee, I look forward to immediately receiving the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence and continuing to ensure that we uphold the Constitution.”
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said his interest in the report as a member of the Senate’s Banking Committee, is to read its conclusions on Russian interference and whether they merit additional sanctions on the government of President Vladimir Putin. But, he said, Barr’s letter shows there was no coordination or collusion with the Trump team and that Congress should now “shift our energy and focus toward our work to advance pro-growth, pro-jobs and national security policies that benefit all Americans and restore international order.”
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