WASHINGTON — Government officials from Ohio had differing opinions on the long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, mostly along party lines.
The report, released Thursday, raised questions about how President Donald Trump responded to allegations that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 elections.
In a tweet moments after U.S. Attorney General William Barr finished his news conference previewing the report, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, tweeted: “No collusion! No obstruction! Complete cooperation from the President. No executive privilege asserted.”
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, agreed there was no collusion and urged the country to move onward.
“While there are many takeaways on how to protect our electoral system from those that wish to create chaos, it’s time to move on from the collusion obsession that has dominated too much time and energy in the Halls of Congress and on the airwaves,” Latta said in a press release. “The Special Counsel clearly was allowed to do their work unimpeded, and the findings should be respected.”
By contrast, David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, tweeted that Barr’s news conference was a “whitewash.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown questioned President Trump’s version of events, calling for testimony to Congress directly from Mueller.
“My office and I are still thoroughly reviewing the report, but we know the President has a history of not telling the truth,” Brown said in a press release. “Already, five people in the President’s circle have been convicted of crimes and there are as many as 14 ongoing criminal investigations that have yet to be resolved. So, the American people deserve to hear the truth directly from Robert Mueller in public testimony before Congress.”
Congress’ top Democrats are calling for special counsel Mueller to appear before Congress “as soon as possible” to testify about his report on Russia election meddling and contacts with the Trump campaign.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Thursday that Attorney General William Barr’s “partisan handling” of Mueller’s report has “resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality.”