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Castor: ‘Russia Broke Law, Trump Cheered Them On’

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U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor and Charlie Crist released statements in the wake of Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller Report.

WASHINGTON, DC – In separate statements, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, and Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, slammed President Donald Trump for his actions in the 2016 election and for possibly trying to obstruct justice.

The statements from Castor and Crist were issued Thursday (April 18) after the release of the redacted Mueller Report into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s possible obstruction of justice.

Castor’s statement:

“Every American should be outraged that the Russian government attacked our presidential election to boost Donald Trump and that Trump’s response to this ‘information warfare’ was to embrace it.  While the Special Counsel did not have sufficient evidence to charge Trump or his campaign associates with ‘conspiracy’, the report is a damning indictment of Trump’s contempt for the high ideals that Americans hold for our presidential candidates and presidents.  Russia broke the law and Trump cheered them on.

“The Special Counsel charged and convicted numerous Trump campaign and administration officials for lying under oath to cover up their actions.  The Special Counsel also determined that Trump may have acted unlawfully in obstructing justice and the Counsel should explain his findings before Congress.

“Now, the American people and the Congress must determine the ultimate outcome.  For me, the report laid bare Trump’s corrupt, selfish and disgraceful actions.  Trump relishes dividing our great country – and I regret that the Russians have prevailed in their goals through him.”

Crist’s statement:

“The Mueller Report makes clear that the Trump campaign knowingly trafficked in emails stolen by Russian operatives and channeled by Wikileaks for the purpose of winning the 2016 election. Those actions may not be criminal, but they are highly unethical.

“It is also clear the President attempted to obstruct the Mueller investigation for fear it would undermine his presidency. Special Counsel Mueller remained neutral on whether those actions were criminal, leaving it to Congress to decide on the appropriate course.

“The actions of the President as documented in the Mueller report are unprecedented, and cause for serious concern. I will be discussing the report with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and look forward to hearings in the coming weeks that will further flesh out the issues at stake.”

Castor represents Florida’s 14th Congressional District, which includes Tampa and a portion of Hilllsborough County. For information about castor, go to

Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which includes south and mid-Pinellas County. For information, go to

Photo shows Charlie Crist, left, and Kathy Castor.

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