Ruppersberger Issues Statement in Response to Release of Redacted Mueller Report
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement following the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing the investigation of President Trump and his campaign:
“We knew Special Counsel Mueller had left the door open on the issue of obstruction – now we know why. It is clear that the Department of Justice’s policy against indicting a sitting President played a key role in Mueller’s analysis. And it’s clear that he believes Congress should take a closer look.
In his report, Special Counsel Mueller provided Congress with plenty of ammunition, detailing at least 10 instances in which President Trump attempted to interfere with his investigation. In fact, Special Counsel Mueller wrote that the President’s efforts to interfere with the investigation failed largely in part because his subordinates refused to carry out his marching orders. Mueller wrote that if he had confidence that President Trump did not commit obstruction of justice, ‘we would so state.’
Congress must hear from Attorney General Barr and Special Counsel Mueller directly. We must subpoena the entire report. We must continue to follow the facts.
Aside from the investigations into collusion and obstruction, the report describes, in vivid detail, conduct that – even if legal – runs roughshod over the ethical and moral standards we set for our President. It shows clear links between the Trump campaign and a foreign power. It outlines instances in which Trump officials lied to investigators and the public. It describes a president who refused to answer questions and whose aides destroyed evidence.
I encourage all Americans to read the report – especially the sections regarding obstruction of justice – so they can determine for themselves if the behavior described in this report is becoming of a United States President.”