WASHINGTON (GRAY DC) - Special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into whether the Trump administration colluded with the Russians during the 2016 elections is complete.
In all, Mueller's investigation resulted in charges against 37 people and entities, with seven people pleading guilty and five sentenced to prison.(Source: ZUMA Press/MGN)
Mueller handed in his report on Friday, March 22nd. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr summed up the findings in a four-page statement saying there is no evidence that Trump nor any members of his campaign conspired to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s report indicates there’s no evidence of criminal collusion, but it doesn’t come to a conclusion as to whether the president tried to obstruct the investigation by firing or influencing key members of his staff and cabinet. After reading the report, the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove in a court of law that Trump committed any crime.
Republicans along with the Trump administration say the report lifts the cloud of suspicion over the presidency, allowing the country to move forward. Democrats and some Republicans are demanding the full report be released for their review.
"I think transparency is important. The American taxpayers have paid for this both with 22-months worth of investigative time as well as with $25 million dollars and so I do think it's important to the maximum extent allowed by the law. Let's make that report available," said South Dakota Representative Dusty Johson.
Johnson went on in the interview to praise Mueller, saying he was thorough in his long and detailed investigation. While some Russian lawmakers hope relations between Washington D.C. and Moscow can now improve, Johnson doesn't seem to think that'll happen.
"Well let's be clear, the Russian government, they are not our friends. They do seek to undermine and destabilize our democracy. More than anything, this should be a time for Americans to come together and focus on what we can do in the future to push back on Russian interference. Technology is going to have a huge part of that, but as Americans, we also need to do what we can to make sure that we don't foreign adversaries to divide us. We need to be united during this time," said Rep. Johnson.
He's ready to move forward and start working on major policy issues affecting the country.