Reaction among local members of Congress to the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election fell along predictable partisan lines this past weekend.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr sent a four-page summary of Mueller’s findings to members of Congress on March 24, stating President Donald Trump was cleared of conspiring with the Russian government but made no decision about whether he obstructed justice.
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, both made statements via social media calling for the full report to be released.
“Attorney General William Barr’s summary letter makes it clear the full report and underlying data should be made available to Congress and to the public with only minimal redactions for national security reasons,” Foster said in a tweet March 24.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, called the completion of the special counsel investigation “good news” and “good for our democracy and the integrity of our elections.”
“No collusion, no coordination, no reason for Congressional Democrats to keep up this divisive and outrageous attempts to mislead Americans and discredit the president,” Kinzinger said in a Facebook post.
Kinzinger said “now it’s time for us to move forward as a nation and return our focus to the important issues...”
Mueller’s investigation led to 34 people being charged, including the president’s former campaign chairman, first national security adviser and three Russian companies.