CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., went into more detail on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” regarding her position on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“It’s been thorough,” she said. “One of the biggest takeaways is that Russians are meddling in our elections and attempting to at all levels, and we’ve got to figure out a way to address that.”
Capito said Monday she was glad to see — according to Attorney General William Barr — Mueller found no evidence showing anyone with President Donald Trump’s campaign worked with Russia to impact the election’s results.
“Attorney General Barr is known for not being in the political realm,” Capito said Tuesday. “He is a total, straight-up professional, as is Mueller. I don’t think you could ask for a more definitive statement.”
Barr said Mueller did not find clear enough evidence Trump obstructed justice, to which Capito stated on “Talkline” she was satisfied the president did not do such.
Capito also said she wants to read the Mueller report, but there likely is some information that should not be publically released. According to a letter Barr wrote to congressional leaders, Mueller issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and 500 search warrants and interviewed around 500 witnesses throughout his inquiry.
“There’s people in those testimonies that probably had nothing or little to do with any of this that might have testified to other things that may not be fair to bring forward,” she said.
Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement Tuesday supporting President Donald Trump, someone the governor has called a friend since before either began serving as public officials.
“I would like to congratulate President Trump on being completely and totally exonerated from any wrongdoing. Thanks to Special Counsel Mueller’s report, we now know for sure what we believed to be true all along: that neither the president nor his campaign ever conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 election,” he said. “I’ve known the president for a long time and anyone who truly knows him would tell you that Donald Trump is a great man who cares about our country and cares about West Virginia.”
Justice criticized the investigation, describing it as a “complete witch hunt by Washington liberals;” he also attacked Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who is mulling another run for governor.
“Meanwhile, now that President Trump has been cleared of wrongdoing, one of those loud Washington liberals, Joe Manchin, has suddenly gone quiet,” Justice said. “But Joe’s refusal to back President Trump shouldn’t be a surprise — after all, Joe voted ‘no’ on President Trump’s wall, Joe voted ‘no’ on President Trump’s middle-class tax cuts and Joe voted ‘no’ on President Trump’s repeal and replace of ObamaCare.”
While Manchin opposed health care legislation and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, he has voted 58.5 percent in line with the president’s agenda according to FiveThirtyEight. Manchin voted for a funding bill in February that included $1.4 billion for physical barriers on the border but opposed Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to divert funding for additional structures.
“He just won’t work,” the senator said. “Doesn’t show up. You can’t run the state from The Greenbrier. That’s just not the way it works. And you lead by example.”