WASHINGTON – Illinois Congress members' responses to Robert Mueller's investigation findings about his 2-year investigation into whether President Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016 range from praise for Trump to demanding Mueller's report be made public.
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-17) says findings indicate Trump's "total vindication":
The conclusion of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation is a complete and total vindication of President Trump on the issue of Russian collusion. Mueller’s report found no evidence of criminal activity or intent on behalf of President Trump or his campaign. Robert Mueller’s investigation included 19 federal prosecutors, issued over 2,800 subpoenas, spent millions of taxpayer money and had an active grand jury. With the report finally completed, it is now time for the Democrats and the country to move on. The American people want us to focus our energy on important legislative issues such as infrastructure funding, international trade, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs and career technical education for our workforce.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) says Mueller investigation "determined what many expected all along":
After 22 months and a team of 60 investigators issuing 2,800 subpoenas, conducting 500 witness interviews, and 500 search warrants, the Mueller investigation determined what many had expected all along: there was no collusion with Russia.
As Congress and the American people review its findings, I am pleased that we can begin closing this divisive chapter of American history and focus on creating jobs, growing our economy, keeping our citizens safe, and rebuilding our infrastructure.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) says Mueller's report is "good news":
The Special Counsel’s report is good news —it’s good for our democracy and the integrity of our elections, and it’s good for our country to have this issue resolved and put behind us.
No collusion, no coordination, no reason for Congressional Democrats to keep up this divisive and outrageous attempts to mislead Americans and discredit the President of the United States.
Now it’s time for us to move forward as a nation and return our focus to the important issues facing Americans today.
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) looks to the report to be made public:
The American people deserve to know the whole truth. I fully expect the #MuellerReport to be made public as soon as possible and I was proud to vote with 420 Republicans and Democrats to pass H. Con. Res. 24, calling for the report to be publicly released in full.
U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL -04) says Attorney General William Barr's summary isn't enough:
Congress still needs access to the full #MuellerReport and files. AG Barr’s summary is not enough. Americans deserve to know all the facts. As Barr said, the Special Counsel’s report does not exonerate the president. #ReleaseTheReport
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15) says it's time for Democrats to "move on":
Special Counsel Mueller's Report — the product of an exhaustive investigation by 19 prosecutors and 40 FBI agents that cost taxpayers more than $25 million — confirmed over the weekend that there was no collusion between President Trump, his team, and the Russian Federation.
After more than two years of undermining Americans’ confidence in our elections and casting unfounded aspersions on our president, it’s time for Congressional Democrats to move on and focus on the real issues affecting all of our constituents.
U.S.Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Dan Lipinski (IL-03) didn't post comments on their Facebook pages on the issue.