Congresswoman Johnson Statement on Release of the Redacted Mueller Report
DALLAS, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, today issued the following statement on the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report:
“It is clear from even this redacted version of the Mueller Report that the President of the United States and his campaign engaged in wrongdoing – involving both his campaign’s connections to Russian interference in the 2016 election and the obstruction of justice. I am deeply displeased by the president’s behavior as outlined in the findings of this report and the implication this behavior has on the president’s ability to govern. This is a day unlike any our country has faced before.
“Though unsurprising based on previously uncovered evidence, the investigation found sufficient links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials seeking to aid and assist his candidacy for president, and that at times, the campaign was receptive to these offers. Mueller further states that lies told by individuals affiliated with the president ‘materially impaired’ the investigation. In total, the report all but established that the President of the United States committed obstruction of justice and clearly outlined that it is within Congress’ constitutional authority to look into such matters. As a senior member of Congress, I am reminded that it is our duty to thoroughly investigate and act on behalf of the American people. In order to do this, however, Congress must have access to the full, unredacted report and the underlying evidence.
“I am perplexed that the Attorney General has still not indicated that this will be provided to Congress. I have strong reservations with his conduct since Robert Mueller concluded his investigation, and the American people should share my concern that Attorney General Barr is acting as the president’s personal defense lawyer, rather than in the interest of the American people.
“We as a nation deserve better than such improper and unbecoming behavior from the president and his administration.”
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