Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller. White House photo

California lawmakers reacted along party lines Sunday to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a four-page letter summarizing the report, Atty. Gen. William Barr wrote that Mueller’s report concluded that President Donald Trump had not “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the election.

Mueller’s report did not come down on either side of whether Trump obstructed justice, leaving that decision to the Justice Department. Barr decided not to pursue charges.

“(The) investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr’s letter said.

Democrats were quick to criticize Barr’s letter and call for Mueller’s report to be released in its entirety.

“Considering the Attorney General’s bias toward the Special Counsel’s investigation, the American people deserve to see for themselves what is in the report,” Rep. Susan Davis, a San Diego Democrat, said in a tweet.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Burbank Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee and has been one of Trump’s most determined critics, tweeted: “Mueller’s report is going to have to be made public ASAP — a summary of his conclusions simply won’t cut it. And the underlying evidence must be produced. Absolute transparency is required. Mueller spent two years investigating, and the public has a right to know what he found.”

Democratic California Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris said Barr’s summary was not enough to draw conclusions.

“The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify,” Harris said in a Tweet. “That is what transparency looks like.”

On the other side of the aisle, Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, issued a statement soon after Barr’s letter was released Sunday afternoon.

“Today we learned what most fair minded San Diegans instinctively knew; that President Trump did not conspire with Russia in regards to the 2016 presidential election,” Krvaric said. “We call for an investigation into how the DOJ and FBI under President Obama came to surveil the presidential campaign of an opposing party. Will anyone be held accountable for the nearly two-year farce America just went through?”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, said on Twitter: “As we look back, Democratic leaders acted irresponsibly and threw caution to the wind. While this conclusion is an embarrassment to those Democrats, it is more discouraging to think of the opportunity costs to our country. This should be a lesson to my Democrat colleagues that chasing imagined scandals and following a partisan investigatory agenda will not result in any meaningful change for the country. In fact, it will do the opposite.”

Rep. Devin Nunes of Fresno, the ranking Republican on the House Inteligence Committee, agreed, saying on Twitter: “The Russia investigation was based on false pretenses, false Intel and false media reports. House Intel found a year ago there was no evidence of collusion and Democrats who falsely claim to have such evidence have needlessly provoked a terrible, more than two- year-long crisis.”

Darrell Issa, the former Republican congressman from North County, said on Twitter: “The Mueller report may not have been drafted to exonerate president Trump and humiliate the conspiracy caucus on Capitol Hill … But that’s exactly what it did.”

Updated at 6:45 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2019

— From Staff and Wire Reports

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.