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Minnesota Congressional delegation reacts to Mueller Report

April 18, 2019 06:48 PM

Although President Donald Trump says it's time to move on after the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections found no evidence of collusion with his campaign, Democratic members of the Minnesota congressional delegation say it's far from over.

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Congressman Dean Phillips and other Democrats in the Minnesota delegation joined calls for special prosecutor Robert Mueller to testify before Congress about the report.

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"There's been a pattern of lies and deceit that I think are now being exposed," Phillips told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Thursday.

"I want to see the unredacted report. That's important. I want to see Mueller testify in front of the House committees and Senate committees potentially, but certainly the House committees. And from that make an informed decision about whether impeachment should even be considered."

"Looking ahead, Congress has the obligation to examine every detail in the Mueller investigation, subpoena key sources to testify, and conduct open hearings into presidential obstruction of justice," Congresswoman Betty McCollum, a Democrat from the state's 4th District, said in a statement issued after a redacted version of the 448-page report was released.

The report confirms in detail that "the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion."

However, on the primary question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, the report is unequivocal.

"The investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign conspired and coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

The report leaves open the possibility Trump attempted to influence the investigation, but stopped short of recommending prosecution for obstruction of justice.

"The evidence we obtained about the president's actions and intest presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining no criminal conduct occurred," the report says.

Minnesota Republican members of Congress said it's time to focus on more important issues. After reviewing the report, 8th District Republican Pete Stauber said, "...there was no coordination or collusion between President Trump and Russia...It is time to close this chapter and move forward, together, as a nation."

First District Republican Jim Hagedorn was more succinct, saying the report was "clearly politically motivated" and decrying the fact it cost taxpayers $25 million.

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