Cooper Responds to Release of Mueller Report

Apr 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement on the release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“I will read the entire Mueller report, but I am deeply angered by one of the very first sentences, one that most Americans will overlook or take for granted, namely that: 'The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion.' We felt this personally in Tennessee with the @TEN_GOP Twitter account that had 150,000 followers despite the fact that it was a Russian bot,” Rep. Cooper said.

"Previous generations would have called this Russian interference an act of war, yet President Trump, who benefited from this interference, hasn’t said one critical thing about Vladimir Putin. Trump hasn't even allowed our own State Department to hear what he and Putin say in private. Trump has tried to lift sanctions against various Russians who were targeted for the seizure of Crimea. He even invited Russian dignitaries and Russian press into the Oval Office while barring U.S. reporters.

Regardless of whether President Trump has broken any laws, this is no way for a U.S. president to behave. It is sad to think that Congress may need to ban behavior that all previous presidents would have considered unthinkable.”