Mueller report gives no respite for Donald Trump

Lydia FlemingMar 26, 2019

The Kremlin has responded cautiously to the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that found no evidence of a conspiracy by Donald Trump's presidential campaign to help Russian Federation interfere in the 2016 U.S.

Barr's four-page summary of key findings from the report states that neither President Trump nor campaign officials colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election.

Here are the five main takeaways.

And while they are still questioning Mueller's findings on a Russian conspiracy, they are seizing on what Mueller's report says about obstruction of justice: "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

"Attorney General Barr's letter raises as many questions as it answers", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

He's referring to figures such as Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.

Trump in the past has called for investigations of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he defeated in 2016.

One of those actions included, for example, firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017. But he is warning Trump not to pardon any associates convicted during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Barr could also keep parts of the report under wraps by invoking a Justice Department policy against disparaging individuals who have not been charged with crimes.

But investigators can't give a definitive answer on whether the president obstructed justice or not. Despite lengthy negotiations, Mueller never obtained an in-person interview with the president.

Graham said later that Barr agreed to appear before the Judiciary Committee after he vets Mueller's report, according to media reports.

It is not the first time Republicans have called for a special counsel to look into the matters.

"As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable, law, regulations and departmental policies", he said.

The special counsel's investigation was "an illegal takedown that failed", Trump said Sunday speaking to reporters after the release of Barr's letter before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Sanders declined to comment on whether Trump would invoke presidential privilege to withhold any information. The House has already launched probes into Trump's potential obstruction of justice, security clearances for family members, and Trump's inaugural committee.

Celebrities who have been vocal about the Mueller investigation from the beginning shared their disdain for Barr's summary - that the Trump campaign didn't collude with Russian Federation - on Twitter. Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice.

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