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Local Democratic members of Congress react to Mueller report

After the U.S. Department of Justice released the long-awaited report from special counsel Robert Mueller, Democratic members of Congress representing the Will County area reacted to its findings.

In the report, Mueller said the evidence “did not establish that the president was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference” and also lacked the confidence to clear President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, said the report outlined “disturbing behavior” by Trump, and highlighted the instances in which the president attempted to “curtail” the investigation.

“The report makes clear that the facts and legal standards preclude the special counsel from exonerating the president of obstruction of justice,” Foster said in the statement. “Attorney General Barr has clearly decided it is more important for him to act as President Trump’s spokesperson than the highest-ranking law enforcement official of our nation, but Congress has the constitutional obligation to perform oversight of the administration, and this report makes that responsibility even more imperative.”

Foster also said it was “essential” for the American people to hear directly from Mueller “so we may better understand his findings.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, also released a statement in which he highlighted the 10 instances cited in the report in which the president acted in a way that could have potentially been considered obstruction. But Lipinski also warned against continuing the debate over the report and instead called to focus on other issues that affect the daily lives of Americans.

“That being said, we must not spend the next year and a half being distracted from working on solutions to serious problems that impact Americans on a daily basis,” Lipinski said in his statement.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement she supports her colleagues’ efforts to subpoena the unredacted report. She also said she wanted Mueller to testify before Congress.

“What we can see from the Mueller Report makes it clear that the President is not exonerated because there is evidence against the president, his administration and his allies,” Kelly said in her statement.

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