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Senators Capito, Manchin and Warner, Rep. Griffith release statements on Mueller report

(WVVA) Lawmakers are starting to weigh in on the massive Mueller report after a redacted version is released to the public.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released the following statement:

“I have not had a chance to read and review the Mueller report yet. But one conclusion was made clear, Russia has and will continue to interfere in our elections and we must work immediately to safeguard our democratic institutions. I look forward to reading the Mueller report and coming to my own conclusion, just like every American should. The last two years has divided our country and I’m glad the Mueller report has been released to the public for the sake of transparency and for our national healing.”

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith said it is time to “close this chapter.”

While I have not had time to read the entire 400-page report, it is clear that the Special Counsel did not find that President Trump or his campaign colluded or cooperated with Russia. That issue is resolved. It is understandable that the President would be frustrated by an investigation into a crime he did not commit. Moreover, his frustration did not stop the Special Counsel from completing his investigation.

“The investigation is over, and the Attorney General has released its findings to the public. It is time to close this chapter.”

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito said it’s time to move on and focus on issues like the economy, infrastructure and border security.

“I appreciate the attorney general’s efforts to be transparent by releasing the report to the public today—as well as the fact that he and his team made clear the reason for each and every redaction. While some critics will never be satisfied with any conclusion that does not implicate President Trump, Robert Mueller has done his job; and I believe it’s time to move on. Let’s get to work, focusing wholly on issues that matter to West Virginians and all Americans like jobs, the economy, infrastructure, and border security.”

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D) said said Attorney General Greg Barr “mischaracterized the Special Counsel’s findings.”

“We have received the redacted version of the Special Counsel’s report, and I am carefully reviewing its contents and findings.

“Even a preliminary review of the material makes it clear that the Attorney General fundamentally mischaracterized the Special Counsel’s findings in his pre-emptive press conference this morning. In the days to come, it is essential that Congress hear directly from the Special Counsel regarding his investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee continues its own investigation, and I expect to receive a full briefing, an unredacted report, and all the materials underlying the Special Counsel’s findings.”

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