WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after his conversation with President Barack Obama today about the recent tragedy in Ferguson, Mo.:

"I spoke to President Obama today, and I plan to join Attorney General Holder along with Senator McCaskill in Ferguson on Wednesday.

"I explained to the president that I've been pleased with my conversations with the Attorney General and civil rights division regarding their helpful understanding that they aren't taking over this investigation, but are conducting a parallel review of the events that led to Michael Brown's death. I continue to believe that this is the best possible way to arrive at a transparent explanation that would be largely acceptable to all of those who have been impacted in the community by this tragedy.

"I've thought from the start that a parallel federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown is important. I also believe that our state and local elected officials have been given a responsibility by the people who they work for to get to the bottom of this tragedy. While the federal government can assist with that investigation, the federal government should not assume the state and local governments' responsibilities."

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