PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was made public on Thursday and reaction was quick to pour in from both sides of the aisle.
The 448-page report found there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and there was not enough evidence to support obstruction of justice charges.
House Democrats have issued a subpoena for an unredacted version of the report. Democratic Congressman David Cicilline said that needs to be released in order to see the full picture, and he believes the only reason U.S. Attorney General William Barr redacted the report was to protect the president.
On Friday, after reading the report in full, Cicilline held a news conference to discuss his findings. He said partisan politics aside, what he found most startling was an extraordinarily sophisticated effort by the Russians to attack and interfere with the election.
“When you read this Mueller report, if you’re a patriot, you are deeply offended by what happened,” Cicilline stated.
Cicilline said in his eyes, the report outlines damning misconduct on behalf of President Donald Trump. He called on all Americans, especially his Republican colleagues, to read through the report with an open mind.
“It shouldn’t matter whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, whether you’re political at all. Everybody in this country should read this report and demand that we make certain this never happens again and that anybody who helped facilitate it is held accountable,” Cicilline said.
Trump declared victory shortly after the report’s release, calling the probe a “hoax.”
“No collusion. No obstruction. There never was and there never will be,” he said.
Cicilline, wanting more information, said he came to a quite different conclusion.
“The report concludes that the Trump team was aware and openly supportive of Russian attempts to interfere in the election because, and I quote, ‘the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts,'” he explained.
When asked if it would be better for the country to just move on from the investigation, Cicilline said no, pointing out that Congress has the ability to propose and write new laws and hold politicians accountable through investigations.