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Delegation reacts to Mueller report

Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation responded Thursday to the release of the redacted report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and the question of whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct an investigation into whether his campaign worked with the Russians.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: “The only thing in the release of today’s Mueller report is a lot of nothing: no collusion, no obstruction, no executive privilege asserted. ... However, the Mueller report did remind us of Russia’s clear and persistent efforts to disrupt our democratic process — efforts that have continued because of the Democrats’ shortsighted partisanship. Their constant fixation on the 2016 campaign and their attacks on our institutions continues Russia’s effort to sow discord and distrust.”

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City: “It’s our job as Congress to ensure our democracy stays strong. That means pursuing the truth and protecting ourselves from foreign adversaries. Our national security should never be partisan, and it’s clear that Russia interfered in our election. We as Americans deserve to know the facts. I look forward to reviewing the Mueller report.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “Redacted or not, the report confirms that there was no collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, nor was there sufficient evidence to justify indictment for obstruction of justice. The thorough investigation is over. The results are clearly in. Now it’s time for Democrats to also conclude with their politically motivated investigations and their dubious charges against the president.”

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “While the investigation into President Donald Trump and the Trump campaign rocked our nation’s discourse for nearly two years, the American people now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that no Americans conspired with Russia to interfere in our elections.

“While I’m encouraged by those who respected the honest work and integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — Republicans and Democrats alike — I believe it is now time to move on.”

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Tulsa: “Many of my colleagues have claimed for years that they have substantial evidence against our President, that they know for a fact that he colluded with Russia. If a two-year investigation with unlimited resources could not find that evidence, I invite them to please bring it forward. As far as I can tell, they wanted so badly for collusion to be true, for the downfall of American democracy and failure of the Trump presidency, that they would say and do anything to make it true.”

Chris Casteel, staff writer

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Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›

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