Trump speaks after Mueller report is released

Cheryl Sanders
April 20, 2019

"After almost two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those efforts". "There never was, by the way, and there never will be", Trump said at a gathering of wounded veterans. Barr recently indicated his intention to investigate the origins of Mueller's probe, as well as various counterintelligence decisions made by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department officials, bolstering some of the president's allies who have vowed to expose a "deep state" conspiracy that claims there is a covert network entrenched inside the government working to undermine Trump. The announcement Wednesday that Barr would be talking to the public and the press in advance of the redacted report's release came as a surprise.

Barr was accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation after Mueller's appointment in May 2017.

The question of obstruction of justice is a little murkier.

"So we are clear". "Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment".

The report shows a series of incidents in which Trump took actions to impede the probe.

The report was divided into two volumes.


According to Barr's description of Mueller's findings, no one associated with the Trump campaign, or any American, coordinated with the Russians to further either operation.

"The Special Counsel's investigation also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet". Democratic lawmakers are demanding the release of the full Mueller report and have said they will subpoena the entire document as early as Friday.

Barr's remarks notably echoed Trump's own language, with the attorney general repeatedly stating that there was "no collusion", and he gave seemingly substantial leeway to the president in interpreting whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, stating that the "context" surrounding the president's actions - chiefly that he was "frustrated and angered" by the probe - weighed on the Justice Department's decision whether the president obstruction justice.

Barr said the president did not exert executive privilege to withhold anything in the report.

The White House was also quick to mobilize online.

"They're having a good day, I'm having a good day, too. So they are invested in trying to use obstruction to accomplish what the primary investigation could not: unseat Trump". Publication of the report - minus parts blacked out for legal or security reasons - will in theory give everyone a chance to get the full picture on a scandal that has been tangled in conspiracy theories.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., charged that Barr "deliberately distorted significant portions" of the report. "The special counsel found no collusion by any Americans", Barr said.

On March 22, Mueller released his report to Trump appointee Barr.

The redacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative report will be delivered to Congress at 11 a.m. ET. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible. Barr's defenders will likely say he fulfilled the pledges of transparency he made during his confirmation hearings to make as much of the document public as possible.

Barr said on Thursday that Trump's personal lawyers "were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released", a revelation certain to infuriate congressional Democrats. While newsrooms across the country digested the report, the White House guests, already seated while waiting for the president to arrive, were entertained by the U.S. Marine Band.

Mr McGahn refused - deciding he would rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential "Saturday Night Massacre" of Watergate firings fame.

"The Russian contacts consisted of business connections, offers of assistance to the campaign, invitations for candidate Trump and Putin to meet in person, invitations for campaign officials and representatives of the Russian government to meet, and policy positions seeking improved US-Russian relations", it says.


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