Washington [United States], Apr 20 (ANI): Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Friday expressed dismay after reading the unredacted version of the Robert Mueller report, saying he is "sickened" by "dishonest" behaviour of President Donald Trump and his aides described in the report.
"I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted on Twitter.
"I am also appalled that among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for the President welcomed help from Russia - including information that had been illegally obtained," he added.
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
Romney's remarks came a day after United States Attorney General William Barr released the 400-page report on the possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russia.
The 22-month long Mueller investigation saw around 500 witnesses being interviewed, while more than 3,500 subpoenas and warrants of various types were obtained. 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence were also made as part of the massive investigations.
Titled "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election", the report states that the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia's illegal actions to influence the election, but did not take criminal steps to help.
"After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes," Barr said in a press conference before the release of the report.
Mueller also made it clear that Congress can continue to investigate Trump. The report further states that following media reports that the "Special Counsel's office was investigating whether the President had obstructed justice," Trump had directed his lawyer to remove special counsel Robert Mueller.
"On June 17, 2017, the President called McGahn at home and directed him to call the Acting Attorney General and say that the Special Counsel had conflicts of interest and must be removed. McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre," the report read.
The report further stated that Trump's efforts to influence the investigation were "mostly unsuccessful", largely because "the person surrounding the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his request”.
While there are no further indictments, the investigation saw charges being filed against 37 defendants, seven guilty pleas and one conviction.
Barr had earlier said that Mueller himself would be involved in the scrubbing of the report before the document is released to the public.
Meanwhile, the United States Justice Department on Thursday announced that it will provide access to a less edited version of the report to specific members of the House and Senate from April 22. (ANI)