Senator Schumer Wants To See Full Mueller Report, Questions US Attorney General As Fair Arbiter
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) - Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called for the release of the full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, after special counsel Robert Mueller ended his investigation last week. Members of Congress from central and northern New York have also weighed in.
A summary from Attorney General William Barr said President Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia to influence the election. But it stops short of exonerating the president of obstructing justice in the investigation.
“That means you got to look at the whole report, when it’s something as important as Russian interference, you have to,” Schumer said.
Speaking in Syracuse Monday, Schumer said Barr’s summary raises as many questions as answers and his past comments doesn’t make him a fair arbiter.
“Barr stated, before he took office, that he didn’t believe that any president could be held guilty of obstruction of justice,” Schumer said.
Schumer added he is hopeful the full report will be released. Trump said that it should, as well as some Republican senators. The House of Representatives voted unanimously to make the report public.
"If there is something really wrong we should look into it," Schumer said. "That's what the American people want. The only way you'll know that is if you see the full report. That is why it should be made public."
In a statement, central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he believes the report should be released as completely as possible to put to rest accusations of collusion.
Read Katko's full statement below.
Mohawk Valley Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) said the American people deserve full transparency and warned against endless partisanship and investigations.
Read Brindisi's full statement below.
North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) said the report did find there were Russian efforts to undermine the election and she vowed to fight against disinformation and cyber threats.
Read Stefanik's full statement below.