Kentucky politicians responded quickly to the findings of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that was released Sunday that revealed there was no collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement he appreciated the prompt way Attorney General William Barr released his conclusions.
“The Special Counsel’s conclusions confirm the President’s account that there was no effort by his campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” McConnell said in a statement Sunday. “However, Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia’s activities in this regard.”
McConnell also said in the statement he wanted to see more information himself on the investigation.
“I appreciate the Attorney General’s commitment to continue to review the record in this matter over the coming days, in conjunction with Special Counsel Mueller, with the goal of producing as much information as possible, consistent with the law,” McConnell said. “I look forward to reviewing that information.”
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called the investigation “a witch-hunt” and the allegations “ridiculous” on his social media Twitter account.
“I’ve been saying for the last two years this was a partisan witch-hunt without substance,” Paul said in a tweet. “It is unfortunate that partisan politics has paralyzed Washington over these ridiculous allegations.”
Paul also said on Twitter that the “biased” media coverage ramped up the allegations of collusion between Russia and Trump.
“The report makes it clear nothing existed except in the fevered imaginations of partisans in politics and the media,” Paul said. “I hope the biased media learns their lesson, and Democrats are able to accept the undisputed facts and move on.”
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the lone Kentucky Democrat in Washington, stayed with the party line of congressional Democratic leaders.
"We still don’t know exactly what Trump campaign officials knew and did, even if they could not be successfully prosecuted for a crime," he said in a statement Sunday. "That is why the full report and all underlying evidence must be released to the American people."
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, in a Facebook post, attached the New York Times story on the findings.
“No Russian collusion, which was obvious from the start. What a waste of tax payer dollars!” he wrote on the post.