The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways

The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways

The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways

He fires Comey. Only then does Rod Rosenstein appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel, charged to investigate Russian interference, possible collusion, and whether President Trump's actions constituted obstruction of justice. In his summary, Barr said the lack of conclusiveness from Mueller "leaves it to the attorney general" to weigh in.

Mueller's primary mission was to see if he could establish an actionable case - one that he could successfully prosecute - that anyone on the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing the election. "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".

Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said that she did not favour impeachment unless the evidence was "so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan", a standard that seems even less likely to be met now. "He's entitled to his opinion, but Congress must see the full, unedited report to decide whether or not the president abused his power", McGovern said.

Earlier this month, Democrats and Republicans in the House voted 420-0 to call for the release of Mueller's full report. Not a "summary" from his handpicked Attorney General.

"The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", the letter said.

"I don't want a summary of the Mueller report", Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

Mueller's decision to punt the question of obstruction of justice struck many legal experts as unusual.

In a series of tweets, Nadler said his panel will call Barr in to testify in the near future "in light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report". Trump said, according to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley. The report was summarised for Congress by the attorney general, William Barr. Vice President Mike Pence hailed it as a "total vindication of the President of the United States and our campaign" and many Trump voters saw it as a victory over the president's opponents.

In addition to the President, other top Democratic and Republican lawmakers have said they want the full report released.

In blue-state NY, 49-year-old filmmaker Dan Lee of Brooklyn Heights felt let down by Mueller and left with more questions than answers.

The Justice Department on Sunday released the main findings from Mueller's almost two-year Russian Federation investigation, saying there was no evidence Trump's campaign conspired with the Kremlin.

US President Donald Trump speaks after touring the Lima Army Tank Plant at Joint Systems Manufacturing in Lima Ohio
US President Donald Trump

"Grand jury protections are strong", said former New Jersey prosecutor and current Law & Crime Network host Bob Bianchi.

"Democrats and their liberal media allies for two years slandered President @realDonaldTrump for 'conspiring with Russian Federation, '" press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted.

Republicans will use their interpretation of the AG's letter to characterize further Democratic efforts to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation as a fishing expedition by sore losers.

Though Mueller did not find evidence that anyone associated with the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government, Barr's summary notes "multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign". Now, the President who routinely assailed Mr Mueller and his "13 Angry Democrats" for their "witch hunt" will surely use the results of the special counsel investigation to dismiss all others as part of a pattern of conspiracy mongering and vindictive persecution, whatever the facts may or may not show.

Justice Department regulations give Barr broad authority to determine how much of the report to release.

I am glad that the special counsel's investigation has finally drawn to a close and we can put this outrageous chapter behind us.

Mr Peskov, referring to a summit between Putin and Trump in the Finland in July 2018, said: "In this case, the ball is absolutely in their court".

According to Barr's letter, he could not.

U.S. President Donald Trump says the report provides "total exoneration" but political experts say there are more questions ahead. They include the woodenness of Hillary Clinton's campaign, the FBI's decision to reopen her email investigation 11 days before the election, disgust with run-of-the-mill politics, middle America's economic gloom and Mr Trump's appeals to the so-called "deplorables".

"I'm interested in moving on and trying to get this behind us, but people have to pay for what they've done for the past two years", said former Trump campaign aide David Bossie.

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