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Reaction splits down on party lines, with Democrats calling for more investigations and the only Republican saying he is satisfied.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Congressman Jeff MerkelyMembers of Oregon's congressional delegation are reacting to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative report released Thursday morning. Statements are falling along party lines.

Oregon Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley called Attorney General William Barr's actions in Thursday morning's press conference, and in the weeks leading up to the report's release, "inappropriate and an abuse of his office."

"The Attorney General is supposed to act as the people's lawyer, not the President's PR lackey," Merkley said. "It's clear that Barr took President Trump's admonition to his predecessor that 'You were supposed to protect me' as a job description, and this creates an incredibly dangerous precedent for the future."

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, asserted in a statement that the report "confirms what we already knew from Attorney General Barr's summary: President Trump and his campaign did not collude with the Russian government."

"I supported making sure Mr. Mueller had the unfettered ability and resources to conduct a thorough investigation, which he did. I supported releasing as much of the report as allowed by law, which the attorney general has done," Walden said. "Now, it's time for the partisans to move on and for Congress to get to work on issues such as border security and immigration reform."

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of the Pamplin Media Group. You can see their story here.


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