Reactions to Mueller report fall predictably along party lines

Tim Jimenez
April 19, 2019 - 10:27 am
Television networks print out and read the released Mueller Report on the sidewalk outside of the Department of Justice.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — U.S. senators and House members from the Philadelphia area are talking about the Mueller report. 

On the Republican side are Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. In a statement, Toomey said all Americans should be pleased that Attorney General William Barr said in his remarks Thursday before releasing the report that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Fitzpatrick, from Bucks County, said he wouldn't comment on anything specific until he reads the entire report. 

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The Democrats, unsurprisingly, have a different response. Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware, along with presidential candidate Cory Booker of New Jersey, were all very critical of the president's actions as portrayed in the report. 

Booker said the attorney general's remarks were spin.

Chrissy Houlihan, representing Chester County, said she also wants to carefully read the report before drawing conclusions.

Montgomery County Congresswoman Madeline Dean issued a statement, saying she is troubled by Barr acting as the president's defense lawyer and not the nation's top law enforcer. She also said the report does not exonerate the president, and Congress needs the unedited report and evidence. Dean says Congress will come to its own determination about obstruction and impeachment. 

Andrew, a voter from Philadelphia, says the reaction was predictable. "It’s not like I’ve seen any Republican say they’ve been convinced of something they weren’t really thinking. And similarly, the Democrats are the same way. Nobody seems to have changed their mind based on anything that has actually come out in the report.”

Andrew also said, at the end of the day, it’ll be up to the voters in 2020.

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KYW Newsradio's Kim Glovas contributed to this report.