REP. GLENN GROTHMAN, R-Glenbeulah, was in Green Lake Sunday — the day Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report — to honor two Ripon Boy Scouts achieving their Eagle Scout awards.   Tim Lyke photo
REP. GLENN GROTHMAN, R-Glenbeulah, was in Green Lake Sunday — the day Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report — to honor two Ripon Boy Scouts achieving their Eagle Scout awards. Tim Lyke photo

     Ripon’s congressman Rep. Glenn Grothman on Tuesday issued  a statement giving his take on the Mueller report summary findings as reported in Attorney Gen. William Barr’s letter released Sunday.

     Below is Grothman’s statement followed by Commonwealth comments:

     “After two years, $25 million dollars and several charges unrelated to President Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally released his report to the Department of Justice. I have always felt that these collusion charges were completely unfounded ...”
     Grothman may have always felt that there were “completely” no grounds for suspicion the Trump campaign may have collaborated with Russia, however he has kept that opinion to himself. The Commonwealth can find no record of him having ever expressed that rearview-mirror sentiment publicly. ...

     “... and the key takeaway of Mueller’s non-partisan report being ‘President Trump did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election’ confirms that. It is unfortunate that it took so long to reach this obvious conclusion.”
     The issue was never whether, as Grothman stated, Trump colluded with the Russians. It was whether the Trump campaign conspired with a foreign adversary to tilt the campaign toward one candidate over another.  
     Since his appointment 22 months ago, the former FBI director has indicted, convicted or gotten guilty pleas from  34 people and three companies, including the Trump campaign’s chairman and vice chairman, a national security advisor, the Trump organization’s attorney, a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor and a Trump campaign political advisor.  
     When there’s that much smoke, the country would be negligent to not look for fire, particularly given:
     * Trump’s continual aversion to the truth as evidenced by his lying about a possible Trump Tower for Moscow and his attorneys’ refusal to let their client answer prosecutors’ questions;
     *Trump’s claim that his son, son-in-law and campaign chairman’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower was to discuss adoption rather than to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton (a promise Trump Jr. responded to by his “I love it especially later in the summer” June 2016 email);
     *Trump siding with Putin rather than the FBI during the Helsinki summit last July;
     * Trump’s continual insistence that the Russian government did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election despite claims to the contrary from his own U.S. intelligence agencies, two congressional committees, his defense secretary, director of national intelligence and national security adviser. Barr disputed Trump’s claim by verifying Russian interference in the areas of computer hacking and disinformation.

     “Now, there is only one thing left to do, which is release the report to the public. Earlier this month, Congress passed a resolution stating that the report should be made public. I voted for this resolution because I believe that if we have more transparency, it is always good for the American people.”
     Release the full report. Transparency is critical;  the American people paid for the investigation. ...

                                   — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire column, see the March 28, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.