Republican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?'

Several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, admitted to Politico they have yet to read former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s 400-page report on the findings of his investigation.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse MORE (R-Alaska) said she immediately began reading the first part of the report, which outlines contacts between Russians and Trump campaign figures, but the report was “tedious” and she’s still reading it as of late June.


“In fairness, I haven’t picked it up in at least two weeks,” she told the publication.

“I’d be pretty reckless to say I have a full comprehension,” Rep. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Ahead of infrastructure talks, House Democrats release 7B bill MORE (D-N.C.) told Politico. “I need to spend some more time with it.”

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Health care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress MORE (D-Va.), who served as former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMatt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch MORE’s running mate in 2016, told the publication “I didn’t have to read it. I lived it,” echoing similar comments by former White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksCummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe Judiciary chair demands Hope Hicks clarify closed-door testimony Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

“I intended to read cover to cover, but there was nothing in it that was a surprise to me,” Kaine added.

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGraham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' Sanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (R-S.C.) merely said “What’s the point?”

A CNN poll found that, as of late April, only 3 percent of respondents said they had read the entire report.

“I think that’s really high,” Murkowski told Politico. “I think they’re lying to you.”

Not all legislators have yet to finish the report. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) said in May that she read the report in full within about 24 hours and decided to support impeachment based on that. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashThe Memo: Fears of violence grow amid Trump race storm Top Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Amash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' MORE (Mich.), who had been the only Republican to support impeachment before announcing he would leave the party last week, made a similar claim.

Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Bipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE (R-Texas), meanwhile, said in an April Fox News interview that he had read the report in its entirety and concluded President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE was “the one person that was always being truthful” about coordination between the campaign and Russia, according to Politico.

Mueller, who had previously said the report was all he had to say about his probe, is set to testify before the House July 17.