From “absolutely no collusion” to “unacceptable”: Coloradans in Congress react to Mueller report

President Donald Trump’s supporters in the Colorado legislative assembly delegation say a long-awaited report discharged Thursday clears the president of wrongdoing, but Democrats in the delegation called for more transparency and hearings into special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“For two years, Democrats misled the American people with infinite attacks on (Trump),” aforementioned U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican and chair of the Colorado Republican Party, on Twitter. “Today, we can confirm there was NO collusion and NO obstruction of justice. Despite Mueller’s collection, it seems nothing will stop Democrats from trying to baselessly attack the president.”

Buck’s statement followed release of the massive 448-page report Thursday. The report states that investigators did not search for collusion, but rather coordination, between Trump’s former campaign and the Russian government as the latter interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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“We applied the term coordination in that sense when stating in the report that the investigation did not establish that the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the Mueller report states.

Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat, says the report paints a very different picture than what Trump and his supporters have suggested. She pointed to a conclusory paragraph in the report.

“At the same time,” that conclusion states, “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. consequently , piece this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it besides does not acquit him.”

Democrats in the Colorado delegation objected to redactions in the Mueller report. DeGette called them “unacceptable” and demanded release of the full report. Rep. Joe Neguse, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, aforementioned Mueller should testify before Congress to explain his collection.

“The lawyer general’s summary of the special counsel’s report was deceptive and offered nothing but a partisan defense of the president,” Neguse aforementioned. “The Judiciary Committee must hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller.”

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, aforementioned in a statement after the report’s release that Mueller led a fair and thorough investigation. The lawgiver aforementioned he looks forward to reviewing the report.

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“The special counsel report made public today includes the release of as much information as is consistent with U.S. law,” Gardner aforementioned. “Now that the report is public, it’s time for Congress to move forward and get to work on behalf of the American people. The report besides confirms what we not yet know, Russia interfered in our election. I will keep up the pressure on the Putin regime and pursue extra sanctions – they cannot go unpunished.”

Kyle Kohli, a interpreter for the Colorado Republican Party, aforementioned Trump has been clear by the rule of law. “While Democrats remain intent on destroying President Trump’s pursuit of progress, the American people are sick and tired of baseless, partisan accusations,” he aforementioned.

Sen. Michael Bennet, a Denver Democrat considering a run for president, aforementioned the Mueller report “should deeply concern” all Americans. “The report documents the president’s failure to collaborate with the special counsel, efforts to mislead the American people, and distressing interactions with Russia, a foreign adversary,” Bennet aforementioned. He, too, called for an unredacted release to Congress.

Before cathartic the redacted report Thursday morning, lawyer General William Barr defined its collection at a press conference. aforementioned Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat, called that an attempt to sway public opinion.

“The role of the lawyer general is to uphold the rule of law, not to be the personal lawyer for President Trump,” Crow aforementioned. “This morning’s press conference was deeply distressing and made clear that lawyer General Barr would rather serve the political agenda of the president than provide the American people with an independent and transparent assessment of the facts.”