With the U.S. Attorney General William Barr releasing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, members of the Florida congressional delegation broke on party lines over it.
“I commend Attorney General Barr for his timely release of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and for his commitment to transparency for the American people. I look forward to reviewing the report over the coming days,” said U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., on Thursday. “The House voted unanimously to release the report and that is exactly what the Attorney General has done. By working directly with the Special Counsel on necessary redactions, I believe he has more than fulfilled his promise and it is time for Democrats in Congress to end their witch hunt and get back to work. Attorney General Barr also confirmed that the Special Counsel had the full cooperation of the White House throughout his investigation. Unfortunately, Democrats will never be happy with the truth and they have made it clear that they will continue to waste time and resources until they create the result they want.
“Throughout this investigation there have been clear ethical violations that have put our national security at risk,” Dunn added. “AG Barr has stepped up during his short time as the head of the Justice Department and launched extensive investigations into the practices of the DOJ and the FBI. If my Democrat colleagues are serious about pursuing wrongdoing, I would encourage them to look here. The American people have lost trust in the Justice Department and AG Barr is taking meaningful steps to ensure that it is restored.”
“Like many of the people I have the honor of representing, I applaud Attorney General Barr for releasing Special Counsel Mueller’s report to Congress and the public. After twenty-two months, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 orders for records, and 500 witnesses, Special Counsel Mueller found no collusion between any American and the Russian government,” said U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. “However, Russia did try to influence our national election, and we should all be very concerned about this threat in the future. My question now is, why didn’t the Obama administration do more to thwart Russia’s cyber meddling.
“While I look forward to reading this report; I remain focused on addressing the more pressing issues we face as a nation: our national debt, border security, healthcare reform, China, and North Korea,” Yoho said.
“I applaud Attorney General Barr releasing the Mueller report for the American people to read and make up their own mind. It’s time to put this collusion delusion aside and work together in the best interest of the American people,” said U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla.
Democrats in the Florida delegation insisted the report did not clear President Donald Trump and called for the release of the full report.
“Despite redactions and spin from Trump and his loyalists, we know without a doubt that Russia interfered in our 2016 presidential election in aid of Donald Trump and that there is substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct. House Democrats are taking immediate action to get the full Mueller report in order for Congress to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities of oversight. Sadly it is obvious that William Barr is acting as an agent of Donald Trump and not as the Attorney General of the United States,” said U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.
“In contrast to President Trump’s repeated assertions that the Special Counsel’s report exonerates him from wrongdoing, the report identifies no fewer than 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the President. Even in its redacted form, the Special Counsel’s report states verbatim that it ‘does not exonerate him,’” said U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
“There is quite simply no way to read the report and arrive at the conclusion that the President has been exonerated. It is deeply disturbing that the Attorney General is providing political cover for the President rather than meeting the responsibilities of his position,” Hastings added.”Congress will continue to exercise its power to investigate and review the damaging evidence in this report and act as a check against abuses of power.”