After two years and endless speculation, the Mueller report has landed, and Florida is reacting.
The full report is not public, but on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr wrote a four-page letter to Congress detailing the special counsel’s findings. Mueller was brought on by the Department of Justice in 2017 to investigate whether anyone in the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump conspired with Russian officials to sway the 2016 election.
Mueller concluded that Trump’s campaign did no such thing: “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential election,” Barr wrote in summary.
However, Mueller, the longtime law enforcement official and former FBI director, stopped short of clearing the president of obstruction of justice.
“The Special Counsel...did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” Barr wrote.
President Trump himself took a somewhat misleading victory lap on Twitter:
Here’s what Florida politicians had to say about the report
Republican U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, FL-15
Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, FL-18
“I think it’s clear that this has been about anti-Trump politics since the beginning, but Congressional Republicans never obstructed the Mueller investigation because there’s no reason to run or hide from the truth. I’ve always said that if we seek out truth and embrace it then Americans can know that we all play by the same set of rules. Now, it’s time for Democrats in Congress to embrace the truth, as Robert Mueller has concluded after 2 years and tens of millions of dollars, that there was no collusion with Russia and look into how the FBI concocted a multi-million dollar investigation largely based on an unverified dossier of fake intelligence. More than anything, it’s time for Democrats in Congress to stop the partisan obstruction, set aside the one-sided Congressional witch hunts and finally govern in a bipartisan way that puts people before politics.”
Democratic U.S. Rep Val Demings, FL-10
Former Democratic U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo
Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, FL-1
"After two years and untold millions of taxpayer dollars, the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s report have been released. The summary reveals what patriotic Americans have known all along: it was not “Russians” who elected Donald Trump — it was the 63 million Americans who voted for him. Despite the overheated, hyperbolic rhetoric of the news media and Democrats in Congress, there was no collusion.
Democrats in Congress who have stated that they found “ample evidence” of collusion, that there was “direct evidence” of collusion, and that there is a “cloud of treason” surrounding the White House were wrong. These statements were lies. The people who spread these lies owe President Trump and the American people an apology.”