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Mass. Democrats pushing on Mueller report

Here’s a quick look at what happens next.
Here’s a quick look at what happens next.

As the nation’s attorney general reviewed a long-awaited report on the Trump-Russia investigation Saturday, top Massachusetts Democratic lawmakers renewed calls for that report to be made public.

The report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was presented Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who is expected to produce a summary document for members of Congress as early as Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

Mueller spent 22 months probing whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election and tried to obstruct the investigation. Several indictments previously have been handed down because of Mueller’s work, but he was not recommending any new ones in the case, the AP reported.

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At a town hall meeting in Danvers on Saturday, US Representative Seth Moulton said the indictments so far show that Congress should continue its own investigation, according to WBZ-AM radio.

“I want every word of the Mueller report to be made public, but I also want Congress to continue doing its job to getting to the bottom of the broad scope of things that this president and his associates have done,” Moulton said.

US Representative Stephen Lynch, speaking to reporters outside his South Boston home late Saturday afternoon, said he expected Mueller would testify before Congress at some point.

“While we do have great respect for [Mueller’s] prosecutorial discretion, Congress’s responsibility is beyond that . . . we need to see the underlying documents, the underlying evidence to be sure that no illegal activity existed,” Lynch said.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, said the public should have access to the report, according to WCVB-TV.

“Everyone needs to get a chance to read the Mueller report,” Warren said. “It needs to be made public, all of it.”

On Friday night, other members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation demanded that Barr release the Mueller report.

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“A summary of the report or Mr. Barr simply briefing Congress on its contents would be insufficient,” US Senator Edward J. Markey said in a statement. “We cannot have the Attorney General or the White House interfere in decisions about the findings of the investigation and what evidence is made public.”

The state’s House delegation, including US representatives Ayanna Pressley, Lori Trahan, Joseph Kennedy III, Richard Neal, Katherine Clark, William Keating, and Jim McGovern all called Friday for the report to be made available to Americans.

“Make. The. Whole. Thing. Public,” McGovern tweeted.

Governor Charlie Baker and state Attorney General Maura Healey have also both called for the report to be public.


Danny McDonald of the Globe staff contributed to this report. John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.