Ohio Republican, Democratic lawmakers react to Mueller’s investigation into President Trump

Ohio Republican, Democratic lawmakers react to Mueller’s investigation into President Trump
President Donald Trump speaks at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Source: Michael Conroy)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In a special summary, the Department of Justice announced on Sunday that Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation discovered no evidence that showed President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was either influenced by or coordinated with Russian leaders.

Ohio’s state and federal lawmakers legislators spoke out with mixed reactions following the announcement.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a stout supporter of President Trump, tweeted, “It’s time to move on.”

Congressman Bob Latta, a Republican representing the Bowling Green area, said it’s “abundantly clear” that there was no collusion following Attorney General William Barr’s summary.

“After two years, 19 lawyers, approximately 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants executed, 500 witness interviews, and $25 million, the Mueller investigation has at long last reached its conclusion. After an exhaustive investigation, it’s now abundantly clear that there was no collusion between the Russian government and the Trump Campaign. It’s also clear that there was no obstruction of justice and that the Special Counsel was allowed to do its work unimpeded.

“From the beginning, I’ve stated that we should let the investigation take its course. While it took much longer than many anticipated, we now have clarity that there was no collusion during the 2016 election.

“I know that many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle may not like the findings of the Mueller investigation, but I ask that they respect them. The time, energy, and resources spent in Congress trying to contest the results of the last election take away from the efforts we could be making to tackle the real issues that Americans are facing. It’s now time to move on for the good of the nation.”

Republican Sen. Rob Portman spoke out after seeing the summary of findings.

“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.”

Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown demanded that the full report is released to the public.

“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.”

It is still not clear if the president attempted to obstruct justice.

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