Bipartisan lawmakers demand full Mueller report made public

Tim Jimenez
March 25, 2019 - 6:54 am
Robert Mueller

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UPDATED: 5 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Lawmakers from opposing parties appear to be in agreement after the release of the Mueller report and subsequent letter from U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

The message from both sides of the aisle: We want to see the full report. 

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Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware is included in that. He immediately called for full transparency. 

"I want to see the full report because, at the very least, the Trump campaign at the highest levels had unprecedented and inappropriate contacts with the Russians."

However, he added, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions, as summarized by Barr, is a net positive for the nation. 

"I do think it is a good thing for the country if the Mueller investigation concluded that our president didn't directly conspire with a hostile foreign power," Coons said.

On Twitter, Coons also referenced investigations into President Trump's business and campaign activities that stem from the Mueller investigation. He says they must be allowed to continue without interference. 

Many Republicans have come out in support of the president and say they want to see the country move forward, but Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has not yet said anything publicly. 

Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said the Mueller report should be made public so the American people can see what was in it. Then, he added, Congress must conduct oversite hearings.

"We exercise our oversite role by rounding out the edges, by calling Mr. Mueller, Mr. Barr to the Hill, to be questioned by the Judiciary committees in both the House and the Senate. But it's got to be sticking to the facts; it's got to be solely for rounding out the investigation."

Before the summary was released, Fitzpatrick sent out a statement calling for the report to be made public and for full briefings to be made to Congress. 

Democratic New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross added there are many unanswered questions, and a short summary of the long-detailed investigation is not enough. 

He said Americans paid for it and Congress has already voted unanimously to release it. 

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KYW Newsradio's Kim Glovas contributed to this report.