After weeks of waiting, U.S Attorney General William Barr on Thursday finally released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The results of Mueller’s 22-month-long probe reverberated across official Washington.
This is what every member of Pennsylvania’s delegation to the U.S. House and Senate had to say about it. This piece will be updated as more reaction rolls in.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.:
The actions we know that President Trump, his aides and allies took may not violate criminal statutes, but they are fundamentally inconsistent with American values.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) April 18, 2019
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.: “I’ve repeatedly stated that Attorney General Barr should be as transparent as possible about the Special Counsel’s findings while being consistent with the law and longstanding Department of Justice policy. While I have not had the opportunity to review the just-released 448 page report, all Americans should be pleased that the Special Counsel concluded there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“I am pleased that the report does not have any redactions based on executive privilege and that a version of the report with all redactions removed, except those relating to grand jury information, will be made available to a bipartisan group of lawmakers. I appreciate Attorney General Barr agreeing to testify before Congress in public next month to discuss the report.
“The Special Counsel’s findings are a stark reminder that Russia’s goal is to undermine the trust the American people have in our democratic process and government.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick R-1st District:
U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District:
U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District:
(2/3) Congress is an independent branch of government with a duty to do oversight of the executive branch, whether a president of either party likes it or not.
Under the Constitution that was written in Philadelphia, we don’t have kings in this country.
— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) April 18, 2019
(3/3) If the #MuellerReport fully "exonerates" the president, then releasing the full report shouldn't be a problem for him and his administration.
The House recently voted 420-0 in favor of releasing the report!
Again: the American people deserve the truth. NOT SPIN.
— Dwight Evans (@RepDwightEvans) April 18, 2019
U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District:
“Special Counsel Mueller’s Report exposes deeply disturbing actions by the President and his Administration–equally troubling is Attorney General Barr’s decision to act as the President’s defense lawyer, rather than our Nation’s top law enforcer.
“First and foremost: this report does not exonerate. The President made multiple attempts to thwart any investigation into his campaign or his own conduct: He fired FBI director Comey, attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller, he has refused to testify, and his campaign associates have destroyed relevant communications.
“Now we need the unredacted report, we need the evidence. The American people deserve the truth. And Congress will come to its own determination about obstruction of justice and the possibility of impeachment.”
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District:
As we review the #MuellerReport, I'll share takeaways on this thread. Some key reminders from this page:
1. Congress has a constitutional duty to be a check and balance.
2. Congress has a duty to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.
3. No one is above the law. pic.twitter.com/jTAVBingek
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) April 18, 2019
U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-6th District:
I will be carefully looking through the Mueller report in its entirety before drawing any sort of conclusions. I would encourage us all to do the same. Transparency is key, and every American citizen deserves to review the unvarnished facts.
— Chrissy Houlahan (@RepHoulahan) April 18, 2019
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild, D-7th District:
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District:
U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, 9th District:
U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District:
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District:
U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District:
“The release of the Mueller Report confirms the top line conclusions issued by Attorney General Barr a couple of weeks ago. There was no collusion with the Russians by President Trump or his campaign, there was no obstruction of justice committed by the President, and to claim otherwise on either or these fronts would be a direct contradiction of the facts.
“Attorney General Barr has complied with the law at every step of this process, fulfilling what Congress called on him to do unanimously earlier this year.
“The case is closed. It is now our duty as members of Congress to move on and get back to work for the American people and address important issues like the crisis at the southern border, which I witnessed first-hand this week.”
U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-14th District:
U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-15th District:
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District:
U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-17th District:
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District:
“I’m still in the process of reading Special Counsel Mueller’s report, but several points are already quite clear. Russia repeatedly interfered in the 2016 US election with the goal of helping Donald Trump and undermining Hillary Clinton.
“Candidate Trump and his campaign welcomed that interference – and, as we all saw, even publicly encouraged it. The Mueller report clearly doesn’t exonerate President Trump on obstruction of justice. Given the Attorney General’s clear lack of objectivity, it will now fall to Congress to review all the evidence and determine what action should be taken.”
Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio: “Once again, Attorney General William Barr confirmed what we already knew: neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election and there was no obstruction of justice. With today’s report being released with no finding of collusion or obstruction, we implore Democrats to finally accept the results of the 2016 election and begin to work with the President and address the important issues facing our nation like our broken immigration system and providing affordable and accessible healthcare.”