Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins on Release of the Special Counsel Report
“Almost two years ago the Acting Attorney General appointed Robert Mueller, a respected attorney and veteran who served in the FBI and Department of Justice under three previous Administrations, as Special Counsel convened to investigate interference in the U.S. 2016 election. A professional and independently led investigation resulted in the indictment of 34 people, including several of the President’s closest confidants and confirmed Russian efforts to influence and disrupt this country’s democracy.
“Special Counsel Mueller sent his final report to the U.S. Department of Justice on March 22, 2019, and in the nearly four weeks since Acting Attorney General William Barr received the report, he has engaged in a summary and distribution process, which included advanced briefings with the President’s attorneys and pre-release spin stunts, that lacked the transparency and independence expected of our government’s institutions.
“The report released today includes hundreds of pages of detailed findings. Congress, as a co-equal branch of government, has a duty to carefully review the Special Counsel report and the public has the right to see it, follow the evidence and draw their own conclusions.”