Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
April 18, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election was released:

"The Special Counsel's report makes clear that Russia 'interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion.'  With this report's release, we can confirm that U.S. individuals took actions that helped Russia undermine the United States and its government.  President Trump and his associates continue to minimize or deny Russian efforts to undermine our democracy, and actions they have taken have sown the kind of divisions that Russia has sought to exploit in order to weaken our country.  Now, it is up to Congress to make sure that those who have done President Putin's work are held fully accountable. 

“The Special Counsel concludes that Congress must make a determination regarding obstruction of justice, unable to make such a determination himself; his report does not exonerate the President.  Indeed, the report indicates that President Trump tried on multiple occasions to obstruct justice, only to be thwarted by advisors who knew better.  These include efforts to halt the Special Counsel's investigation. 

"It is wrong that Attorney General Barr preceded his release of the Special Counsel's report with a press conference whose aim appeared to be shaping the public's initial perceptions of the report.  In doing so, he clearly sought to exonerate the President of any wrongdoing.  However, it will be up to the Congress and the American people, who do not work for the President, to draw their own conclusions.

"House Democrats, while continuing to move forward with our agenda of opportunity and economic growth for the people, will do our part responsibly by investigating whether obstruction of justice occurred and the scope of Russian interference.  To that end, Special Counsel Mueller ought to testify before Congress and explain his findings in greater detail.  The truth must be uncovered, justice must be served, and accountability must be assured. 

“I thank the Special Counsel and his team again for their service and hard work on behalf of justice, transparency, and our national security.”