WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is too early for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to be made public.
“It’s premature to decide what we’re looking for here,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said at a news conference on Tuesday that was followed by a visit from President Donald Trump to Capitol Hill to attend the weekly Senate GOP policy luncheon.
Trump spoke with reporters before the meeting.
“The Mueller report was great. It could not have been better. It said, ‘No obstruction, no collusion.’ ”
McConnell recently blocked two Democratic attempts to vote on a non-binding resolution that calls for the report to be made public.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives unanimously approved a similar resolution last month.
Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to key lawmakers on Capitol Hill Sunday stating that Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials during his 22-month investigation.
In his letter, Barr also said that while Mueller’s report did not uncover any evidence that Trump may have obstructed justice, “it also does not exonerate him.”
Barr has said he will confer with the Department of Justice as to what aspects of the report can be made public.
Democrats have insisted that the full report be made public.
Both Democrats and Republicans have called on Barr to testify about the report.
The president said last week that he believed the report should be released to the public.