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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the following statement about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s finding of no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election: 

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller deserves recognition for conducting a straightforward investigation into Russia’s attempted interference in our elections, despite the magnifying glass he worked under over the past two years.

“For me, there was no news in Mueller’s report. We have reviewed thousands of documents including dozens of witness statements throughout the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation, and I reached the same conclusion as Mueller: President Trump did not collude with the Russians. Having made thousands of prosecutorial decisions as a prosecutor, I know evidence of a crime when I see it, and what was presented in this case did not come close.

“Over the past two years, Democrats and many in the national media have made horrible claims against President Trump, have questioned his loyalty to our country, and have consistently assured the American people of his guilt. They were wrong. All of this has been a deliberate distraction from the President’s accomplishments, and the charade has gone on long enough. It’s time for our nation to come together and move forward as one. With the conclusion of this investigation, I hope the Democrats will join us in doing so.”