Alabama lawmakers respond to letter on Mueller’s findings

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UPDATE, March. 25 12:08 p.m.:

Both Alabama senators responded to the summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Monday.

Democrat Sen. Doug Jones said in a statement he is relieved the report did not uncover evidence that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded or conspired with Russia. 

Echoing other members of his party, Jones said the full report should be made public.

As I have said throughout this investigation, I believe the Special Counsel’s full report should be made available to the public, with exceptions when appropriate for national security reasons, Jones said. During his confirmation process, Attorney General Barr assured me that he shared this view and his report summary reiterated that. I expect him to follow through on that commitment, and I plan to review the full report carefully once he sends it to Congress.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby said he is glad the investigation is over.

After an extensive and thorough investigation by the special counsel, I’m glad to hear that there is no evidence of collusion or obstruction between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Shelby said in a statement. I look forward to learning more about the report in the days to come.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WASHINGTON (WIAT) — Alabama lawmakers are weighing in on Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congressional leaders detailing the evidence collected by special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian interference into the 2016 election.

Attorney General Barr’s letter to Congress provides only a glimpse at special counsel Mueller’s investigative findings and poses more questions than it answers, said Democrat Rep. Terri Sewell in a statement. I have always said that we must allow special counsel Mueller to investigate and follow the facts, and there are still many unanswered questions about efforts to obstruct justice. In the report, special counsel Mueller did not exonerate the president and, specifically, did not reach a conclusion as to obstruction of justice. 

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks said, The Mueller Report completely vindicates President Trump and his entire campaign. Neither President Trump nor the Trump campaign engaged in collusion with the Russians to illegally interfere with America’s presidential election! Since President Trump’s election, Socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies have searched far and wide for evidence of an impeachable offense.

In a video statement sent to the media, Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne said it’s clear Trump neither colluded with Russia nor attempted to obstruct justice, adding Congress should get back to work.

Now Congress needs to get to its business, the business of the people of the United States of America, and quit chasing after these phony investigations. They’re only wasting money and time, so I’m glad to have it over. The president and his people have been exonerated. It is time to move on.

While the Justice Department said Mueller found no evidence that Trump’s 2016 campaign coordinated with Russian to influence the election, the attorney general quoted Mueller’s report as stating it does not exonerate the president on obstruction.

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