WASHINGTON – A top Democrat Thursday said the second page of special counsel Mueller’s report shows why Congress needs to hear directly from Mueller and see the full evidence he considered.
Shortly after the redacted report was released, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler pointed to Mueller’s statement that investigators were unable to clear the president of obstruction of justice.
“The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred,” the report states.
Tweeting out that paragraph, Nadler, D-N.Y.,, said: “This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence.”
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, focused on the fact that the report concluded that the Trump campaign did not collaborate with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election.
“Today, when Mueller says `no collusion,’ Democrats reply, `Thanks, but we’ll keep looking,’ Collins tweeted.
The report is the culmination of special counsel Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor and whether anyone from the president’s campaign conspired with Moscow.
Mueller’s investigation did not establish any collaboration between Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to a four-page summary of the report released last month by Attorney General William Barr. But investigators did not reach a determination on whether Trump sought to obstruct their work, saying they had gathered evidence “on both sides” of the question.
Ahead of the report’s release, Democrats hammered Barr for his handling of the report. Thursday morning, Barr held a press conference where he repeatedly said that Trump and his campaign had not colluded with Russia. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the event a “campaign press conference” for the president. Senior House Democrats immediately called on the Mueller to testify before Congress following the press conference.
Barr is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1.
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