ONEONTA – Coming off a week of “Town Halls,” with students, small-business owners and farmers, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, said in a teleconference press briefing this morning that while there were “critically important” national issues, most people in his district want to know “how do we improve the area.”
In discussing how to improve the area, Delgado often framed his responses in big corporations/industry/Washington insiders versus the little guy: i.e., his constituents. He cited a poll published yesterday in the Washington Post that found 60 percent of Americans feel that way.
With the Mueller Report made public today, Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, issued a measured response this evening:
“Now that the Special Counsel’s redacted report has been released, I will review it in full in order to understand any threats to the integrity of our democracy, especially our electoral process. As our intelligence community has made clear, Russia directly interfered in the 2016 election.
“All branches of government must work together to uphold the rule of law, protect our democracy against interference from adversaries and restore public trust in our elections.”
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
ONEONTA – Details matter.
“A four-page summary should be the tip of the iceberg,” said Aimee Swan, Otsego County Democratic chair. “There were 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses, but there is not a single word from Robert Mueller in Barr’s letter. We need to see the full report.”
She was referring to Attorney General William Barr’s letter summarizing Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether or not President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
Swan praised the “integrity” of Mueller’s investigation. “It was a successful investigation, not a partisan witch hunt,” she said, echoing Trump’s favorite phrase on Twitter. “Republicans held all three branches of government when Mueller was appointed.”
She also pointed out that the investigation had led to multiple arrests and indictments, including Trump’s “fixer” Michael Cohen, campaign chair Paul Manafort, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign aide Rick Gates and, most recently, former adviser Roger Stone.
By JIM KEVLIN • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – Democrats are in for “a huge beating,” Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale said in the wake of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s non-indictment outcome of a two-year investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“They’ve hung everything they’ve had on ‘collusion’ over the past two years,” said Casale, who is also a political consultant in statewide campaigns in New York. “Now they’re sitting there, hat in hand.”
Speaking Monday, March 25, the day after Attorney General William Barr issued a synopsis of Mueller’s findings, Casale characterized the whole undertaking as an extension of “gotcha” politics set in motion by President Richard M. Nixon’s forced resignation in 1974.
“History has shown that usually the opposing side want there to be a scandal more than the real truth: that there is no scandal,” he said, whether the issue is President Reagan and the Contras, or “Monicagate.”
The reactions of Otsego County’s top Republican and Democrat differed to the news Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential campaign and transmitted his finding to the Justice Department.
Given the news was not released until 5 p.m. on a Friday suggests it “contains little information the author wants people to know,” said county Republican Chairman Vince Casale, Cooperstown, when asked for his initial reaction to the news.