Nearly two weeks ago, Attorney General William Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Since it’s release to the public, five members of Congress from Arizona released statements on the topic.
Arizona Democrats called for further investigation and oversight from Congress, while Republicans generally characterized the investigation as partisan.
Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ01) released the following statement on April 18, 2019:
As a former police officer and criminal investigator, I know that facts matter. Now that Congress has received the Mueller report, we should conduct a thorough, bipartisan review to get a full understanding of the information presented in the 400-page report.
What the Russians did to interfere with our elections in 2016 was serious matter. Now, Congress needs to proceed in a serious manner to review the evidence presented about Russian interference and the involvement of American citizens.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ03) released the following statement on April 18, 2019:
If Trump is good at one thing, it’s deception. From deceiving business stakeholders, to unsuspecting workers, to the American people; his history of con jobs is far-reaching and dangerous. I have no doubt that Trump and his hand-picked Attorney General will continue to go to great lengths to spin the Mueller investigation into nothing, but many of the important facts have been clear for a long time.
Despite Attorney General Barr’s vigorous defense of the President at this morning’s press conference, Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey, pressured his White House counsel to lie, and attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He refused to be interviewed, he refused to provide answers on obstruction of justice, or provide information on senior advisor conversations with powerful figures connected to the Russian government. The investigation indicted 34 individuals and three Russian businesses, resulting in seven guilty pleas and four prison sentences. Numerous members of his inner circle were found guilty of criminal charges—including conspiracy against the United States and lying to the FBI. This direct attack on our democracy is a proven fact. Taken in totality – it is clear that this is a President that can’t be trusted to put America first.
Only by releasing the unredacted Mueller Report and supporting materials will Congress be able to determine the reality of the President’s actions and hold him accountable. Since the Attorney General has clearly become the President’s defense attorney, Special Counsel Robert Mueller must testify before Congress and provide a full scope of his investigation, findings, and recommendations. If Trump has nothing to hide, why does he remain hell-bent on deceiving the public?
Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ09) released the following statement on April 19, 2019:
I have now had a chance to read and thoroughly review the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
The Special Counsel’s findings shock the conscience and should deeply trouble every American who values our democracy and respects the rule of law.
It is disturbing and shameful that when Russian operatives successfully interfered in our presidential election it was welcomed by the President and the Trump Campaign, who expected to benefit electorally from this attack on our nation.
The President knew his behavior was wrong, and he worked to block the American people and Special Counsel from learning the full truth of what happened. There is substantial evidence the President obstructed justice by actively preventing a complete investigation of his campaign and own conduct. Further, there is much we still do not know because the President refused to meet with the Special Counsel and his associates destroyed evidence relevant to the investigation.
No person is above the law, and the Special Counsel made clear that it is now up to Congress to learn more and demand accountability. I take this Constitutional duty seriously and look forward to getting more answers and hearing testimony directly from both Special Counsel Mueller and Attorney General Barr when they appear before the Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ05) released the following statement on April 18, 2019:
The full report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirms what we already knew: there is no evidence of conspiracy between candidate Donald Trump or his campaign and Russia. The narrative spun by Democrats and the media for nearly two years could not even be substantiated by a politicized investigation and biased investigators.
The level of transparency from the White House and the Department of Justice in this process is unprecedented. The full report contains minimal and clearly identified redactions that are in most cases required by law. Though the report contains information that is subject to executive privilege, the President waived privilege in every single instance. Attorney General Barr confirmed this morning that the White House provided the Special Counsel unfettered access to records and directed senior aides to testify freely.
After a 22-month investigation by 19 partisan lawyers and 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, and 500 witness interviews, not a single American was charged with conspiring with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Democrats and the media will do their best to parse every word and take fragments of Mr. Mueller’s report out of context to continue to mislead the American people, but they cannot overcome this simple truth: Special Counsel Mueller found no collusion and no obstruction.
Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ08) released the following statement on April 18, 2019:
Once again, today’s release of the Mueller report concludes that no Americans conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Despite Democrats’ repeated attempts to claim otherwise, the report confirms there was no collusion or obstruction by President Trump or members of his campaign.
Since the investigation concluded last month, I have called on the release of as much of the report to the public as allowed by law. I thank Attorney General Barr for releasing the report to the public today while protecting grand jury material, the privacy of individuals, and other sensitive and classified information. He has made a good faith effort to be transparent with the public.
It is time to move on. The American people want us to focus on real issues—not partisan investigations by Democrats intended to undermine President Trump.