Trump Lawyer Calls for Investigation Into How Mueller Probe Began

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate (clear) him", the report stated.

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find that President Donald Trump committed a crime but also does not exonerate him, according to a summary of Mueller's findings released on Sunday.

A four-page summary of Mueller's highly anticipated report - sent in a letter by Attorney General William Barr to congressional leaders and the media - provides at least some of the answers.

US lawmakers waited on Sunday for details of a confidential report into a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that has cast a pall over President Donald Trump's time in office and raised questions about possible collusion between the Republican's campaign and Moscow.

"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.

For Trump, Barr's report was a victory on a key question that has hung over his presidency from the start: Did his campaign work with Russian Federation to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton?

"What they're basically saying is that they're going to impeach the president for being Donald Trump", he told CNN.

The efforts by top Democrats to press the obstruction issue further, despite the Department of Justice already weighing in on the matter, appears to indicate that they are willing to pursue the one avenue they have available to them: impeachment.

Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he would be calling Barr to testify in the near future.

The headline finding was that no "Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly co-ordinated" with operatives connected to the Russian government during the presidential campaign.

In addition to the Mueller investigation, Trump is facing numerous investigations brought by Democrats in the House of Representatives, along with federal criminal probes in NY of his business affairs as a real estate mogul before he ran for president and the financing of his inaugural committee as he took power.

USA intelligence agencies concluded shortly before Trump took office in January 2017 that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Clinton and helping Trump.

Over the course of the investigation, Mueller got convictions or guilty pleas from Trump's campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, national security advisor and longtime personal attorney and indicted his longtime confidant, Roger Stone.

Barr's chief of staff called White House counsel Emmet Flood at 3 pm Sunday to brief him on the report to Congress. His only public statements on Sunday were two tweets: "Good morning. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

After the summary was published, Trump tweeted that he has been "completely exonerated" of collusion or obstruction of justice - despite Mueller stating otherwise on the latter. They found there wasn't enough evidence to prove Trump had committed that crime.

Trump's business, including negotiations over building a Trump tower in Moscow, his charity and his inaugural committee remain under investigation.

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