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 MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE’s 400-page report on the findings of his investigation.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Impeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

“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 PriceNorth Carolina ruling could cost GOP House seats Trump officials say aid to Puerto Rico was knowingly stalled after Hurricane Maria DeLauro enters race to succeed Lowey as Appropriations chief MORE (D-N.C.) told Politico. “I need to spend some more time with it.”

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE (D-Va.), who served as former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' The Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race 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 HicksFormer White House official won't testify, lawyer says Trump: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore' 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 ScottOn The Money: Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records | Fed chief urges Congress to boost US workforce | Federal deficit hits 4 billion in one month | China talks hit snag over agricultural purchases GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight 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 Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul 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 AmashTrump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote 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 RatcliffeTrump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings Live coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings 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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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.