Commenting on the Mueller Report on Fox News’ “Cavuto Live” on Saturday, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said that “whatever interference that the Russians brought did not change votes” in the 2016 presidential election.
“I don't think the outcome was influenced,” Rep. Lynch told host Neil Cavuto.
Cavuto asked Lynch if he is now ready to acknowledge that President Donald Trump was elected legitimately:
“I've talked to many of your Democratic colleagues and I'll ask you as well, do you think now, with this Mueller Report out of the way, and I know there are still some issues to address, to your point, that Donald Trump was the duly, legitimately elected president of the United States?”
“Oh, I believe that whatever interference that the Russians brought did not change votes. I believe that,” Lynch responded. “So, I don't think the outcome was influenced at the end of the day.”
Democrats should focus on the 2020 election, Rep. Lynch said:
“But we're going to have another election in 2020 and I would like to see us have all of the resiliency and protections for that process so that we don't end up back in the same spot with foreign interference, whether it's Korea- North Korea or Russia or China hacking the elections again.”
Lynch said he believes there were “significant elements of obstruction of justice,” but he doesn’t want impeachment to become a “proxy for the election”:
“Well, I think what you're saying in part is that do we want-- do Democrats want the impeachment process to become the proxy for the election? And I don't think we do. I don't think we do, because at the end of the day, whatever happened is going to end up in the Senate. I don't think we have the votes there for an impeachment.
“And if the president ends up, at the end of the day, successful in resisting impeachment, that could be interpreted by the American people as vindication and, somehow, that he deserves reelection, and so, the talk will be about whether he should be impeached or not versus an election that looks at his whole record of four years and a clear look at the Democratic candidate, whoever that is, the nominee.”
“So, I would much rather have the wider debate than just have a proxy decision on impeachment decide who the next president shall be,” Lynch told Cavuto.