Lowey Statement on Release of Redacted Mueller Report
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, issued this statement following Attorney General Barr’s release of the redacted Mueller Report:
“The United States Congress has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch, regardless of which party occupies the White House. I take this duty seriously, and I intend to closely examine the redacted report and its findings before coming to any conclusions.
“What we do already know is that the initial summary of the report released by Attorney General Barr—a Trump appointee—was hastily produced and seemed to cherry pick from the report to draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the President. We also know that Barr, at the time a private citizen, wrote a memo to the Department of Justice in 2018 laying out the President’s case against obstruction of justice.
“This administration has threatened our relationships with our closest allies, implemented inhumane immigration policies, and encouraged the spread of violence and hate, yet questions loom around the election that granted the President the power to implement these reprehensible policies in the first place.
“That is why it is urgent that Congress have the full, unredacted report to carry out its own independent oversight of the President and his administration. The American people deserve to know all the facts about any dealings with Russia that influenced the election and whether this administration is putting their own interests ahead of the American people’s.”