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Minn., Wis. Lawmakers React to Mueller Report

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 18, 2019 08:36 PM

Minnesota and Wisconsin lawmakers are reacting to the release of the redacted Mueller report. The 448-page report was released Thursday morning. 

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"This is a very important report for our national security. It is very important for the future of our democracy and one of the things that has really bothered me here is that Attorney General Barr has been so political about this. He does this summary, and then he does a press conference. We want to here from Director Mueller, himself. Director Mueller should come to testify before the Judiciary Committee that I sit on," said Democratic Senator and presidential candidate, Amy Klobuchar in a video statement.

"He should be able to give us his own views of what happened here, so we can answer questions. He's the one that conducted this major investigation and he's the one, not Attorney General Barr, that should answer the questions of America," Klobuchar said. 

Senator Tina Smith, D-Minn., also called on hearing from Mueller, himself in her statement posted on her official Facebook page.

She said in part, "There is ample evidence of attempts by the President to obstruct the investigation and the Special Counsel left it to Congress to decide whether that amounts to a crime."

She goes on to say, "Attorney General Barr mischaracterized the Mueller report in significant and disturbing ways."

Wisconsin Republican Congressman Sean Duffy took to Twitter shortly after the report's release posting things like, "No Collusion" and "AG Barr and Mueller just confirmed what we already knew."

Minnesota Republican Congressman Pete Stauber reiterated that same sentiment in a statement he released to WDIO News.

He said, "The release of the Mueller report reaffirms what we already know: there was no coordination or collusion between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. It is time to close this chapter and move forward, together, as a nation. I continue to urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together to improve access to healthcare and reduce the costs, defend critical programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, protect American workers from unfair trade deals, fix our crumbling infrastructure, increase access to broadband, and create a safe and legal immigration system."

Others lawmakers say they taking the time to review the lengthy report. 

Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin said, " I will thoroughly review what has been released, and I believe it will make a strong case for AG Barr revealing to every member of Congress what he withheld. President Trump has not been exonerated; he is not cleared of wrongdoing. We need the full Mueller report, the full truth."

A spokesperson from Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson's office said in a statement, "Senator Johnson will take the time to review the report and will comment when it's appropriate."

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