Published: Wed, March 27, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Trump welcomes Mueller's findings, but says he's been abused

Trump welcomes Mueller's findings, but says he's been abused

Repeatedly she would tell her audience why Robert Mueller should be trusted and how the Special Counsel has worked with other departments and agencies in the course of the Trump-Russia investigation, ensuring that even if Trump would have dared to fire him, the elements of his investigation would live on. Absent a recommendation from Mueller, Barr stepped in and decided there wasn't sufficient evidence to establish that the president obstructed justice. He even offered Trump a faux-apology in the wake of Mueller's findings, looking solemnly into the camera and declaring, "Mr. President, if you're watching - and I know you are - I'm sorry... that you're a bad president".

At the same time, Cornyn urged the release of as much of the Mueller report as possible, consistent with Justice Department regulations and USA law. They argued that the US Attorney General William Barr had a "public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry" and was therefore not a "neutral observer" who would be in a position to summarize the report.

Republican US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, noting that it took almost two years for Mueller to conduct his investigation, said after blocking the Democratic measure: "It's not unreasonable to give the special counsel and the Justice Department just a little time to complete their review in a professional and responsible manner".

"All I'm interested in is them releasing the full report, the full Mueller report", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks from a Democratic Caucus meeting after Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 25, 2019.

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In Barr's letter, he explained that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded the president had not obstructed justice from their reading of the report .

Republicans unified to call for Congress to move on. It also doesn't answer why several of those people lied to federal investigators or Congress during the Russian Federation probe. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, objected, saying Barr must be given time to determine which portions of the report can be divulged without revealing classified information.

However, Muller has indicted and obtained convictions of several former Trump aides on charges unrelated to Russian Federation and no public evidence of collusion has ever surfaced.

Asked if Mr Trump owed Mr Mueller an apology, Sanders added: "I think Democrats and the liberal media owe the President and they owe the American people an apology". Still, he said the investigation was legitimate and had to happen in order to answer questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election. They include several of his former aides such as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Barr's summary noted that Mueller had 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents working with him on the investigation, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, talked to about 500 witnesses and carried out almost 500 search warrants.

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