CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Our partners at The Cincinnati Enquirer report, Ohio’s two senators -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- agreed Sunday that the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller should be released.
The statements from Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican Sen. Rob Portman came after Attorney General William Barr delivered a 4-page summary to Congress Sunday.
Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 election.
But the special counsel's report leaves "unresolved whether the president's actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction."
Because the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on obstruction, Barr wrote that the ultimate decision was left to him, adding that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Trump's conduct did not constitute a crime.
Here's what Greater Cincinnati's congressional delegation had to say:
“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.”
“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 Department 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."
"The special counsel’s conclusions confirm the president’s account that there was no effort by his campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election...
"Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing ... I welcome the special counsel's contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia's activities in this regard."
"The report makes it clear nothing existed except in the fevered imaginations of partisans in politics and the media. I hope the biased media learns their lesson, and Democrats are able to accept the undisputed facts and move on.
"I’ve been saying for the last two years this was a partisan witch-hunt without substance. It is unfortunate that partisan politics has paralyzed Washington over these ridiculous allegations."
“The Special Counsel has reached the same conclusion as the House Intelligence Committee: There is no evidence of collusion between President Trump or his campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. None of the indictments issued over the course of the investigation indicate collusion.
“The Special Counsel, with unlimited time and resources, spent two years and millions of dollars to arrive at these findings. If my colleagues in Congress think Mueller is incorrect and have any evidence that proves otherwise, as Chairman Schiff and other Democrats have repeatedly claimed, I suggest they share it now.
“As Attorney General Barr’s letter states, Putin’s goal was to ‘sow social discord’ in American society, and it’s a shame he succeeded in dividing us. I look forward to the public release of the Special Counsel’s report, as I voted for earlier this month, so the country can finally put this behind us,”