April 02, 2019

WV Congressional Delegation Wants Mueller Report Released | The Charleston Gazette

When it comes to special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, West Virginia's entire congressional delegates has said, or voted, that the report should be made available for the public to read.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of the report states the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russia regarding the latter’s interference into the 2016 presidential election. The summary states the report does not take a position on whether Trump obstructed Justice during the course of the investigation.

On Monday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Barr has indicated he will not meet Nadler's Tuesday deadline calling for the release of the report.

The House Judiciary Committee will consider whether to authorize a subpoena for the full report on Wednesday.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she was glad to see the report back up that Trump's campaign did not criminally conspire with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

“I’m satisfied the special counsel was able to complete his investigation and look forward to learning more about the details of his report, and I trust Attorney General Barr to uphold his commitment to transparency in releasing them to Congress and the American people in accordance with the law,” Capito said in a statement.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., agreed. Through a spokesman, he said from his seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, he saw proof of Russian interference into the U.S. electoral system.

“I believe the report should be released to the public,” Manchin said. “The last two years have divided our country and I believe the release of this report to the public will begin the process of healing and bring us together. I have been and will continue to work with the Administration to prevent any foreign governments from interfering in our election systems in the future.”

In the House of Representatives, all three of West Virginia’s representatives voted yes on a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress” last month.

A spokesman for Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., said Miller “supports transparency and the release of the Mueller Report to the extent allowable by law.”

Spokesmen for Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., and Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., did not return a request for comment.


By:  Jake Zuckerman