Arizona Republicans say ‘no collusion’ in Mueller report, Democrats disagree
PHOENIX — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russian interference in the 2016 election was released to the public Thursday, eliciting a range of reactions from Arizona lawmakers.
Republicans said the report proved “no collusion” between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs said Attorney General William Barr “stated clearly” that there was no obstruction and called for Democrats to move on from the two-year investigation.
“That has to be the end of it. Americans should get back to work. Congress should get back to work, doing its business,” Biggs said in a tweet.
Fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko echoed Biggs’ call.
“It is time to move on,” she said in a statement. “The American people want us to focus on real issues—not partisan investigations by Democrats intended to undermine President Trump.”
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally said the report made clear that the Russians tried to influence the election and “sow discord” in the country.
But Arizona Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, said the report did not prove that Trump was exonerated.
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said in a statement that Barr should release the unredacted report so Congress can “determine the reality of the president’s actions and hold him accountable” and called on Mueller to testify.
“Since the attorney general has clearly become the president’s defense attorney, special counsel Robert Mueller must testify before Congress and provide a full scope of his investigation, findings, and recommendations,” he said.
“If Trump has nothing to hide, why does he remain hell-bent on deceiving the public?”
U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran said in a statement Congress needs to conduct a “thorough, bipartisan review” in order to “review the evidence presented about Russian interference and the involvement of American citizens.”
Trump, however, was pleased with the released report.