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Rep. Davis' statement on the release of the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report

Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL07) released the following statement today after the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election was released:
 
There are stark and troubling differences between the assertions of Attorney General Barr and, most importantly, the assertions of President Trump, on obstruction and on the Trump campaign’s interactions with attempts at Russian interference in the 2016 election and the content of the Mueller report.  The report specifically concludes that there was ‘substantial evidence’ that President Trump attempted to prevent an investigation into his campaign and his own conduct. 
 
The House voted overwhelmingly, and in bipartisan fashion, 420 to 0 to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Consistent with its Constitutional responsibilities the House must continue to pursue the complete and unredacted report and all associated documentation especially since the Mueller report notes:
 
Second, while the OLC opinion concludes that a sitting President may not be prosecuted, it recognizes that a criminal investigation during the President's term is permissible. 3 The OLC opinion also recognizes that a President does not have immunity after he leaves office. 4 And if individuals other than the President committed an obstruction offense, they may be prosecuted at this time. Given those considerations, the facts known to us, and the strong public interest in safeguarding the integrity of the criminal justice system, we conducted a thorough factual investigation in order to preserve the evidence when memories were fresh and documentary materials were available.
 
and further notes:
 
Finally, we concluded that in the rare case in which a criminal investigation of the President 's conduct is justified, inquiries to determine whether the President acted for a corrupt motive should not impermissibly chill his performance of his constitutionally assigned duties. The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President 's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.
 
The House has a responsibility to continue its oversight duties including the current work of the Judicial Committee under Chairman Nadler, the Intelligence Committee under Chairman Schiff, the Oversight Committee under Chairman Cummings, the Financial Services Committee under Chairman Waters, and the committee I am assigned to, the Ways and Means Committee under Chairman Neal which is examining the work of the IRS and has, under clear, existing statute, demanded six years of the tax returns of President Trump and his businesses.
 
The oversight work of the House should not interfere, and has not interfered, with the passage, through deliberative regular order, of legislation to: reopen the government; protect Americans’ health care, especially people with pre-existing conditions; reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, strengthen campaign finance reform, restructure the Federal Election Commission, take the first steps toward overturning the Citizens United decision, strengthen government ethics including the first ethics provisions for the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthen voting rights, ensure equal pay for women, pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and, with a bipartisan vote, pass a resolution to force an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s civil war in Yemen.  
 
The House has demonstrated it can work in a bipartisan manner.  I am looking forward to action on bills I have introduced on low income housing and landmark legislation to strengthen successful reentry and economic growth by restoring Pell Grant eligibility for the incarcerated and will be introducing additional legislation in the coming weeks as well as dozens of additional bills I have cosponsored.  
 
In the coming days and weeks I will continue to press for AG Barr and Special Counsel Mueller to testify before the appropriate committees.   
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