Local reps respond to Barr's summary
Mar 25, 2019 12:59 am
New York and Hudson Valley representatives reacted March 24 to the release of a summary of the Special Counsel's report about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections by Attorney General William Barr. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, released a joint statement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats. “Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay. Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report. And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility," the statement read. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent the day announcing her run for president in front of a Trump building in New York City, and also released this statement: "The Mueller report must be made public. Not just a letter from someone appointed by Trump to protect himself — all of it. The President works for the people, and he is not above the law." Rep. Antonio Delgado did not release any statement on the issue March 24, nor did Rep. Paul Tonko. Rep. Sean Maloney, who represents the lower Hudson Valley, Tweeted, "As I have said from day one, we need the whole report. I’m not going to rush to judgment until I have it, and I counsel everyone else to do the same."