Shaheen Statement Following Attorney General Barr’s Release of the Redacted Mueller Report to Congress

April 18, 2019

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General William Barr releasing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress:

“The public disclosure of the Special Counsel’s investigation is long overdue and necessary to inform the American public regarding Russia’s attacks on our democracy,” said Senator Shaheen. “The report makes clear for all Americans that Russia brazenly attacked our elections, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they don’t do so again.  I hope Americans will read the Special Counsel’s report and draw their own conclusions.  I am deeply concerned about some of the findings revealed in this report, including alarming behavior by the President and his team during the campaign and during the subsequent investigation.  I’m also very concerned that parts of the report have been unnecessarily redacted. These redactions should, at the very least, be immediately disclosed to Congress with full justifications for withholding this information. The American people must be assured that politics is not interfering with full disclosure of the Special Counsel’s findings.  I hope the details of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election contained in this report will compel the Trump administration to finally hold the Kremlin accountable for its attack on our democracy.”

Senator Shaheen is the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Justice.