While most Republican senators backed President Donald Trump in celebrating that the Mueller report provided no evidence of collusion, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) took a hard stance against the president and said it’s a “sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”
In a statement shared on his Twitter account Friday afternoon, Romney said he finished reading the Mueller report in its entirety.
“It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice,” he said.
“The alternative would have taken us through a wretching process with the potential for constitutional crisis,” he added. “The business of government can move on.”
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
The report did paint a bleak picture of Trump and his team during the 2016 campaign and concluded that although no one in the Trump campaign carried out any illegal actions that would be considered collusion, the campaign knew about, accepted, and benefited from Russian involvement.
From the report:
Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.
Romney refused to make light of that conclusion.
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” he said.
“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; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” Romney added.