On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr released a four-page letter to Congress that said the investigation did not provide evidence “sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense.”
The special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice, Barr said, and his report “sets out evidence on both sides of the question.”
Trump claimed the report is a “Complete and Total EXONERATION” in a tweet when in fact, Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in the Russia probe.
Colorado lawmakers react to the news on social media:
Colorado senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner both said that the American people have a right to know what is in Mueller’s report. Bennet called for more clarity on why Barr chose not to pursue the obstruction of justice charge.
The American people deserve to see the full Mueller report. We also need more information about the report’s findings on obstruction of justice and why the Attorney General chose not to pursue that charge.
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) March 24, 2019
Gardner on Sunday afternoon said the general public needs to “see as much of the report as possible.” He also said the principle findings revealed that Trump and his team didn’t collude with Russia.
Robert Mueller led a fair and thorough investigation. The public needs to be able to see as much of the report as possible, but the principle findings reveal that the President & his team did not collude with the Russian gvt.
This is good news for our country and it is time for Congress to move forward and get to work for the American people.
The report & Special Counsel indictments also confirm what we have known for some time, Russia did interfere in our election. Congress needs to continue our pressure on Russia & not let them go unpunished for these acts. I’ll continue to pursue more sanctions on the Putin regime.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) March 24, 2019
In a statement sent to The Denver Post Sunday evening, Rep. Ed Perlmutter said: “I have said since the start of the investigation, the American people deserve to see the full Mueller report and all underlying documents. I urge Attorney General Barr to make this information publicly available as soon as possible.
“From what we know today, Congress has a responsibility to continue its investigations because Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Donald Trump and there are more unanswered questions.”
We need to see the full Mueller report and all underlying documents. AG Barr should make it publicly available as soon as possible. From what we know today, there are more unanswered questions and Congress has a responsibility to continue its investigations.
— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) March 25, 2019
The Attorney General is entitled to his opinion. Now, Congress and the American people should have an opportunity to form their own. The AG needs to release the full report to the public immediately so that we, the people, can judge for ourselves.
Atty General Barr’s report that there will be no new indictments confirms what most of us knew all along, that there was never any collusion with Russia. I am looking forward to being fully briefed on the findings of this report, to include the burden of cost to the taxpayers.
We need full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered throughout his 22 month investigation, which is why the full report must be released. The American people deserve to know all of the facts, and the DOJ owes the public more than a brief synopsis.
I thank Robert Mueller & his team for their service. Democrats & Republicans in Congress have overwhelmingly called for AG Barr to release the full report, not a summary, so we can assess the facts and perform our constitutional duties. The American people deserve transparency.
— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) March 25, 2019
This is a developing story and will be updated.