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Colorado elected officials react to release of the Mueller report

Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 18, 2019
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Four pages of special counsel Robert Mueller report on the witness table in the House Intelligence Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2019.. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON – Senators and Representatives who represent Colorado are reacting to the release of the Mueller report Thursday.

We will list those statements below as we received them:

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s statement:

“The redacted report makes clear that the president’s behavior, and that of his team, should deeply concern every American. The report documents the president’s failure to cooperate with the special counsel, efforts to mislead the American people, and troubling interactions with Russia, a foreign adversary. To exercise its constitutional responsibility to provide oversight, Congress should have access to the full report and all underlying materials.

“In the meantime, the Attorney General of the United States should refrain from using his office to shape the Mueller report in a partisan, self-interested manner.”

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s statement:

 “The Special Counsel report made public today includes the release of as much information as is consistent with U.S. law. Now that the report is public, it’s time for Congress to move forward and get to work on behalf of the American people. The report also confirms what we already know, Russia interfered in our election. I will keep up the pressure on the Putin regime and pursue additional sanctions – they cannot go unpunished.”

Gardner’s office went on to highlight his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian actions around the world.

Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn tweeted twice about the release of the report Thursday. Those tweets read:

I voted for the release of the Mueller report because I value transparency in government and all of my constituents should be able to read the document, firsthand. Now it’s been released and it’s very clear- absolutely no collusion.

I am pleased that the Mueller report has concluded so that Congress can get back to legislating and begin fixing our broken infrastructure system and other problems. I hope my Democratic colleagues can put partisan politics aside and return to normalcy. There was no collusion.

Rep. Lamborn represents the fifth congressional district, which represents Colorado Springs, Cañon City, Woodland Park, Fountain, Monument, Buena Vista and Fairplay.

Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette tweeted twice about the release of the redacted Mueller report, specifically citing the report’s conclusion, which read “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

She also sent a tweet of a fully redacted page, saying “This is unacceptable #RealeasetheFULLreport”

Rep. DeGette represents Colorado’s first congressional district, which represents parts of the Denver metro area.

Republican Rep. Ken Buck released the following statement via email Thursday night:

“After a thorough two-year investigation in which over $25 million in taxpayer funds were spent, today’s release once again shows that there was no collusion by the President or members of his staff. These baseless accusations were simply partisan lies used by Democrats and the press to attempt to discredit the President and his agenda. It’s time for Democrats to give up this futile effort, and start focusing on the real issues our nation faces.”

Rep. Buck represents Colorado’s fourth district, which includes all of the eastern plains as well as Douglas, Weld County and Las Animas counties.

Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter also tweeted about the report, writing

“The #MuellerReport is important for all Americans because it concerns our national security, the integrity of our democracy and how the President conducts himself while in office. I am reading the full report and encourage others to do the same.”

Perlmutter then included a link to the full report. He represents Colorado’s seventh congressional district, which represents the areas around Golden, Wheat Ridge, Westminster and Thornton.