Congressional Democrats from New England are reacting to the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report and the claim by the White House that President Trump has been cleared of all wrongdoing.
Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed said the report did not find evidence of criminal conspiracy, but Reed said it does confirm that Russian Military Intelligence attacked our democracy, and that those efforts were, “embraced and encouraged by President Trump.” Reed called that disturbing.
Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called for Congress to investigate the Justice Department’s internal policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
Whitehouse also leveled criticism of Attorney General William Barr, saying in a statement, “he has over the past few weeks used his office to perform what I consider to be inappropriate PR services for the Trump White House: rosy summary language creating White House ‘spin’ opportunities; delay in releasing the redacted report allowing the ‘spin’ to set; and the deliberate use of inappropriate language feeding conspiracy theories favored by Trump, derogatory to Department of Justice agencies.”
Whitehouse said the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, should hold open hearings with Attorney General Barr and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin also called for Mueller to testify before Congress. And Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey was among several Massachusetts lawmakers to call for further investigation.
“The Special Counsel’s report paints a picture of a deeply disturbing pattern of conduct by the president and members of his 2016 campaign that warrants congressional action,” Markey said.
Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation aired similar concerns. Both Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy said they want to see an unredacted version of the report.