WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate's Judiciary Committee, issued the below statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report released today on Russian interference in the 2016 election:

"The President's actions described in the report released today are a severe and striking departure from the misleading spin Attorney General Barr attempted to spoonfeed to the American people earlier today with his press conference and last month with his four-page summary. Americans across the country, no matter their political leanings, should find the Special Counsel's report deeply troubling. The President and his campaign had numerous and substantial contacts with Russian-affiliated individuals and expected to benefit from Russian interference in the election. The fact that the President himself attempted to influence members of the Department of Justice and witnesses in order to ease scrutiny on his behavior and his campaign is incredibly alarming and contrary to the principle that no person is above the law."

"Special Counsel Mueller makes it exceedingly clear that the evidence his team uncovered does not in any way exonerate the President, and further makes clear that there was no conclusive determination that no criminal conduct occurred. These independent conclusions were conveniently absent from Barr's slanted, partisan characterizations of the report."

"It's clear that Barr has misled the public and Congress by the way he has framed Mueller's findings, a framing intended to protect the President and obscure the true nature of the evidence against him that is outlined in the report. The inconsistencies between what Barr has told Congress and the public about the report, and what's actually in the report, underscore the importance of hearing directly from Mueller himself about the investigation, not a mouthpiece for the Trump Administration. I'm renewing my call for Mueller to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next month."