Robert Mueller's special counsel "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign, co-organized with the Russian government in its election interference activities" during the campaign for 2016, wrote in his final report. Attorney General William Barr summed up the report's findings in a letter to lawmakers Sunday
President Trump declared victory shortly after the release was released, claiming it was a "complete and total exoneration."
"This was an illegal takedown that failed and, hopefully, somebody's going to be looking at the other side, "Mr. Trump told reporters in Florida before boarding Air Force One
In his letter, Barr said Mueller described the facts surrounding his investigation into allegations of obstruction of justice, but made no determination as to whether Mr. Trump committed a crime, deferring the question to Barr. The report "does not conclude that the President has committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," Barr quotes Mueller as writing
But Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined the available evidence was insufficient to establish Mr. Trump had obstructed justice
Democrats reacted angrily to Barr's summary, with Congressional Leaders demanding Barr to make the full report underlying investigation documentation
"Attorney General Barr's letter raises as many questions as it answers." The fact that Special Counsel Mueller's "Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that the report and its underlying documents will be made public without any further delay"
"Given Mr. Barr's public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report," the leaders said. addressed to the Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Committee, vowed to call Mueller to testify before lawmakers "in the near future."
William Barr's letter to the Congress and report highlights
Mueller did not determine whether or not Trump obstructed justice
Mueller's investigation into alleged obstruction of justice made no determination whether Mr Trump committed a crime instead of deferring to the general attorney:
After a thorough factual investigation into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under the Department of Criminal Justice, but ultimately decided not to make and the traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw the conclusion that the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Council views as "difficult issues" of law and fact as to whether President's actions and intent could be seen as a hindrance . "
Barr said he did not make a judgment on the potential obstruction, Barr said. Following the review of the Special Counsel's final report on these issues, consultations with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel, and the application of the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that President committed a obstruc
In the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel
Barr writes that there are no outstanding indictments in the investigation or in the future
also referred to several other offices for further action.
Barr says he intends to release "as much" of report as consistent with law
Barr says he intends to release as much information from report as possible:
As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter.
Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends on the part on how quickly the Department can identify the 6 (e) material that can not be made public.
Mueller spotted near the White House
2:08 pm : Mueller, known for keeping a low profile during his long tenure at the highest echelons of US law enforcement, was spotted Sunday morning near the White House after attending services at St.
Jeffries: Trump could be a Russian asset or "useful idiot"
1:28 pm: Rep. Hacke Jeffries, the fourth-highest ranking Democrat in the House, said the special adviser Robert Mueller's report should be made public so Americans can find out whether President Trump is a legitimate leader, an asset of the Russian government, a kingpin or a "useful idiot . "
" Let's take the first step in terms of full disclosure of the report and the underlying documentation, "said Jeffries on" Face the Nation "Sunday. "The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump is either: A, a legitimate president; B, and a Russian asset; C, the functional equivalent of an organized crime boss or; D, just a useful idiot who has been victimized by "
Asked if House Democrats will seek to launch an impeachment against President, regardless of Mueller's conclusions, Jeffries said his party will focus on its legislative agenda and only initiate the impeachment proceedings if the case against Mr. Trump is "compelling."
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12:56 pm: Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said the Congressional Democrats have begun sweeping committee sessions into President Trump because they will be disappointed by the report.
"Now it seems like they think that this is not going to be the bombshell they thought it was going " Read more here
Schiff says Mueller report should be made public" ASAP "
11:15 am: Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the Mueller report should be released to the public as soon as possible
"I have great confidence in Bob Mueller's judgment as who should be prosecuted or who should not, "Schiff said. "We're going to have to wait to see the report, and that report needs to be made public so we can evaluate the body of evidence on the issue of conspiracy and look at why Bob Muller decided not to indict."  Read more here
White House says it has not seen Mueller report
9:50 am. ] Hogan Gidley, the White House deputy press secretary, said Sunday the White House has yet to receive or be briefed on the Mueller report. On Friday, press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course."
Nadler: "Executive privilege can not be used to hide wrongdoing"
9:40 am: New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, which has the authority to initiate the impeachment proceedings, said the president can not exert an executive privilege to cover up "wrongdoing."
"The executive privilege can not be used to hide wrongdoing , "Nadler said on NBC's" Meet the Press "Sunday morning, quoting the precedent set by Richard Nixon, who was forced by the Supreme Court to turn over tape recordings and other subpoenaed materials after he attempted to claim executive privilege during Watergate  "The president may try to exert it," he said. "But I do not think that's right or [will] be successful."
Nadler said there is already damaging public information about Mr. Trump, regardless of the findings of Mueller's report. He cited a conversation at the White House in 2017, in which the president reportedly told FBI Director James Comey that "go easy" on the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who later pleaded guilty to lying to law enforcement officials and agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation
Trump tweets for the first time since report submitted
8:16 am: Have a Great Day!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019