Local delegation divided over how to handle Mueller report

Mar 25, 2019

Members of the region's congressional delegation are split over the
Attorney General's summary of the Mueller investigation.  As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the divide is along party lines.

Congressman Brian Higgins points out the Mueller investigation led to serious criminal complaints against three dozen people - six of whom are close to President Trump. Higgins a Buffalo Democrat says the report should be made public regardless of what was written by Attorney General William Barr.  
"What we have is an interpretation by a political appointee, of the president, as to what the findings are. If there is nothing to hide, if the president believes that he has been vindicated, then release the report - there's nothing to be afraid of," Higgins said.

Congressman Chris Collins was not available for an interview. But in a written statement, Collins, a Clarence Republican said, Barr's summary shows "there was no collusion between the president and Russia, nor evidence to support an obstruction of justice charge." But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says more work needs to be done.
"Attorney General Barr's letter raises as many questions as it answers. Mueller said, on the very important issue of obstruction of justice, he couldn't come to a conclusion whether there was criminality. But he said, the president wasn't exonerated. That means you've gotta look at the whole report. When it's something as important as Russian interference, you have to," Schumer said.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed was also unavailable for an interview. In a written statement, Reed says, after two years of investigation costing taxpayers millions of dollars "the President has been exonerated." He says Congress "must put people first and end this culture of division."