Local lawmakers, political expert weigh in on Mueller investigation summary

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WASHINGTON, D.C., (WDTN) – Nobody with Donald Trump’s campaign, nor the president himself colluded with Russia during the election according to the summary released by Attorney General William Barr on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Barr released the four-page summary to the U.S. House of Representatives Sunday afternoon giving key findings from the two-year long investigation into possible collusion.

“I think this is good news for the country because it shows that there was an exhaustive investigation, this is not something that the Mueller team undertook lightly in concluding,” said Congressman Mike Turner, (R) representing Ohio’s 10th district.

Barr’s letter also says Mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or the other about whether any of his actions amounted to obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s report, quote “does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

“In the sense that he might have been involved in something that was legal but was a little, let’s say fishy, that’s not been determined yet,” said Dr. Marc Clauson, a politcal and history professor at Cedarville University. “But we at least know that legally he’s not going to be indicted for anything at all.”

Barr said he intends to release more information about the Mueller report, but will need Mueller’s help in determining what cannot be disclosed because of federal laws governing grand jury secrecy.

Local senators are urging Barr to release the investigation’s findings.

Senator Portman said in a statement, 

“I’m pleased that Special Counsel Mueller has finally concluded his investigation. I’ve said from the start of this process that the Special Counsel should follow the facts wherever they lead and complete the investigation expeditiously without any political interference. That is what happened.

“Today’s summary by the Attorney General says that the Special Counsel’s report confirms that Russians meddled in the 2016 election but finds no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Finally, the summary indicates that the Special Counsel reached no conclusion on obstruction of justice. The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General have concluded that the Special Counsel’s investigation did not include sufficient evidence to warrant any obstruction of justice charges against the president.

“As I’ve said consistently, I believe the report should be made public, with important exceptions for grand jury or classified information, and I hope the Attorney General provides as much information to the public as he possibly can, as soon as he can.  I appreciate the summary received today, and hope to have the opportunity to review the report very soon.”

Senator Sherrod Brown shared a similar sentiment, saying:

“A summary report is not enough. It’s important that the American public have the answers they deserve about the full scope of the Mueller report and its findings. The Departmen of Justice should turn over the full report to Congress, the Administration should preserve all of the information and underlying evidence it provided to the Special Counsel, and the report should be released to the public  in full.”

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