Lindsey Graham Celebrates Release Of William Barr's Summary

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Republicans celebrate Barr’s summary while Democrats remind that Trump was not exonerated by the report.

According to Axios, Republicans immediately celebrated the release of Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Mueller’s investigation. The report vindicated Trump, as Mueller found no evidence of conspiracy with Russia during the 2016 election.

Barr wrote in his summary that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch MicConnell (R) said: "The Special Counsel’s conclusions confirm the President’s account that there was no effort by his campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to induce the 2016 presidential election. However, Russia ongoing efforts to interest with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to put efforts to understand Russia’s activities in this regard."

Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham (R) said: "Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down. Great job by Mr. Mueller and his team to thoroughly examine all things Russia. Now it is time to move on, govern the country, and get ready to combat Russia and other foreign actors ahead of 2020."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) said: "As we officially close this chapter, it is important for us to learn from the moment. As we look back, Democrat leaders acted irresponsibly and threw caution to the wind to damage and distract from the work the Trump administration is doing on behalf of our fellow citizens. While this conclusion is an embarrassment to those Democrats, it is more discouraging to think of the opportunity costs to our country."

House Oversight ranking member Jim Jordan (R) said: "No collusion! No obstruction! It’s time to move on."

House Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins said: "The special counsel’s investigation was long, thorough & conclusive: There was no collusion. There is no constitutional crisis. As the report states, "the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference."

House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D) said: "Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts. There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work."