Attorney Jeff Kessler of Marshall County says there’s one thing we DO know–clearly the Russians were trying to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“We’ve got to do everything we can to safeguard that from occurring in the future,” he noted.
On the other hand, he said the report may come as a relief.
“Whether you like President Trump or don’t like President Trump, he is our president, and I’m at least comforted by the fact that there’s no indication that he or his team were actively participating in the attempts of the Russian government to sabotage the election.”
That being said, Kessler said there’s something we don’t know.
“Was there any type of attempt to frustrate the investigation or whatever?” he said. “I think that is still open to question. I don’t think that was concluded positively one way or ther other.”
He said the amount of material that is redacted may be considered significant in itself.
He said if it’s just names and confidential facts, that’s one thing.
“But if it’s complete findings that are deleted, well, that may lead to more,” he said. “Folks may have more questions than the release of the report answers.”
On the street, people were voicing different opinions, from eagerness to know every fact, to wanting it to be closed and finished.
“Enough’s enough,” said Charlie Fox of Sherrard. “They didn’t find anything. They didn’t indict any of his campaign people for anything to do with this. Let that dog lie.”
“We’ll never know exactly what happened in there because they hide so much from us,” said Jodi Pettit of Moundsville. “It would be nice to know exactly what happened, when it happened, how it happened, and for justice to be served.”
Jeff Kessler said it may all go away soon, for a different reason.
“I think a lot of folks are getting investigation fatigue,” noted Kessler. “So we’ll see how that plays out.”