Published: Sun, April 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Congress mulls next steps after release of Mueller report

Congress mulls next steps after release of Mueller report

How far lawmakers will go, though, remains unclear.

Mueller's report ultimately concludes, however, that these actions do not "establish that the president asked or directed intelligence agency leaders to stop or interfere with the FBI's Russian Federation investigation".

After almost two years of awaiting the fruits of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, they finally arrived, in the form of a 400-plus-page, lightly redacted report issued Thursday by Attorney General William Barr.

Now responsibility shifts to Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a decision to make.

It is unclear whether the Democrats will push on Congressional censure.

"We must read the full Mueller report, and the underlying evidence", Nadler said.

". If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state".

"To end the conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein", Mr Mueller wrote in his report.

Special counsel prosecutors determined that Congress still has the ability to find the President obstructed justice.

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The Special Counsel's findings paint a very different picture than what the President and his Attorney General would have the American people believe.

In a statement, Warren accused Barr of acting like a "publicist for the President of the United States" and called his media briefing "a disgrace". "There was no collusion". A redacted version of the report was issued earlier Thursday. McGahn - who didn't want to replay the Watergate-era "Saturday Night Massacre" - called his lawyer, drove to the White House and packed up his office, telling then-Chief of Staff Reince Preibus that Trump had asked him to "do insane s- -t", the report says. With respect to the substance of the dinner conversation, Comey documented the President's request for loyalty in a memorandum he began drafting the night of the dinner; senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials recall that Comey told them about the loyalty request shortly after the dinner occurred, and Comey described the request while under oath in congressional proceedings and in a subsequent interview with investigators subject to penalties for lying under 18 U.S.C, g 1001.

In the summer of 2017, Trump repeatedly directed aides to not release e-mails that set up a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, where son Donald Jr. had been promised Russian government dirt on Clinton.

The probe could not clear Trump, saying that it was unable to determine that "that no criminal conduct occurred". But that is because Mueller took as his starting point the Justice Department opinion that a sitting president should not be made to face criminal charges.

"The campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts", the report said.

"There's many parts of it that are disturbing, and we continue to digest it", Ferguson said.

The No. 2 Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, drew criticism for refusing to consider impeachment, and quickly revised his comments to say "all options ought to remain on the table". The investigations may provide a steady stream of revelations that damage the president while also firing up his supporters to his defense as he gears up for re-election. The probe has spanned more than half of Trump's presidency without affecting his base.

The New York Democrat stressed that she has taken "no pleasure in discussions of impeachment" in office or on the campaign trail, and preferred to focus on her signature issues of "Medicare for All" healthcare policies and advocating for the Green New Deal to combat climate change. "I didn't campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted". Gorkov gave Kushner a painting and a bag of soil from the town in Belarus where Kushner's family is from, the report says.

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