Jackson County republicans weigh in on Mueller report

Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 at 4:14 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It was a who’s who of Jackson County republicans that gathered Thursday at Pelican Landing in Moss Point. The event was the Jackson County Republican Women Founders Day Banquet. More than 250 stalwart members of the GOP were on hand.

Much of the talk in the room centered around the release of the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Read the redacted report here: https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

Dian Rooks is the president of the group.

“We know that the Democrats are going to drag this out, and drag this out, and drag this out. I think the American people know exactly now what happened, but the Democrats do not want to appreciate the findings.”

Most feel the report clears President Trump of any wrongdoing.

“I trust our president and I would back him up 110% and I would say yes, everything is clear,” Mary Martin said.

Many GOP candidates running for office were there, and the feeling was the same. Put gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller Jr. in that camp.

“I think that from his background and what he did, I think everyone should be satisfied that is was thoroughly investigated and that Trump can move on doing the good things he’s been doing,” Waller said.

Congressman Steven Palazzo was quick to weigh in with his thoughts on the report, and what is probably going to happen next.

“I think that after two years of the Democrats trying to build this narrative, they don’t know how to just let it go,” Palazzo said. “So if they’re not, accept the fact that there wasn’t any collusion. They’re going to make up other things such as obstruction of justice.”

Democrats in Congress now want Special Counsel Mueller to testify before them. But most of the Republicans we spoke with said it’s time to just let it go.

“I wish that we could solve the issues of immigration. I wish that we could solve the issues of rural health care, the infrastructure. We have a lot of more important things that I’m more focused on right now,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

But the focus will almost certainly be on the report and its findings, something that will last for weeks, if not months.

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