Dear Colleague on Democratic Response to the Release of Special Counsel Mueller’s Report
April 19, 2019
Dear Democratic Colleague,
Today, Attorney General Barr presented a disrespectfully late and selectively redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report.
This report includes several alarming findings, including that “the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.” It also explicitly states that the President’s campaign took actions with an expectation that “it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
In his summary letter and press conference, Attorney General Barr presented a conclusion that the President did not obstruct justice. The Mueller report appears to directly undercut that claim.
Our Chairmen are studying the report, and have released a joint statement. As we continue to review this document, we will have more to report and will update you on the next steps that must be taken. The Caucus is scheduling a conference call for Monday to discuss this grave matter, which is as soon as our analysis and this Holy Season’s religious traditions allow.
The Mueller report states, “We concluded Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” which “accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” Congress will not be silent.
Thank you for your leadership to protect our democracy.