Congressman André Carson Statement on Release of Redacted Mueller Report
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Congressman André Carson, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued this statement following the Department of Justice’s release of the redacted Mueller Report:
“Attorney General Barr’s premature vindication of the President at his press conference this morning runs completely contrary to Director Mueller’s findings in his report, including many documented instances of extremely unethical and dishonest conduct by the President and his inner circle. I am particularly concerned by evidence that President Trump repeatedly obstructed justice while in the White House. Director Mueller provides clear evidence of wrongdoing and intent, before and after the 2016 election, while explaining how he was unable to prosecute because of stringent prosecutorial guidelines. Despite the repeated assertions of the Attorney General, this report in no way exonerates the President and instead exposes a systemic culture of misconduct.
“Director Mueller’s investigation was limited in scope and constrained by an uncooperative Administration. It could only go so far. For this reason, his report is not a conclusion, but an additional resource for Congress to use as it continues its investigation into foreign meddling in our elections and possible illegal activity by the President. I fully expect that the House Intelligence Committee will use it extensively as we continue to explore threats to our Democracy.
"This report makes one thing crystal clear: President Trump has continually violated our trust and failed to live up to the basic standards of the presidency. From the President’s deeply unethical actions documented in this report, to his ongoing assault on civil rights, Americans’ health care, our reputation abroad, and more – he continues to fail our nation and its people. We must expect more from our president.”