Russian lawmaker cheers findings of Mueller's report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs from Capitol Hill in Washington US

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs from Capitol Hill in Washington US

In a big legal and political win for U.S. President Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded in his final report that there was no evidence that Trump's 2016 presidential campaign or anyone associated with it colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the vote, according to a summary of the confidential report released on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr.

Democrats, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, have called for Mueller's complete findings to be released to Congress and the public and vowed to call Barr - a Trump appointee who before taking the job had criticized Mueller's obstruction investigation - to appear before lawmakers to answer questions.

Many of the Democrats running for president in 2020 responded to the release of key findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation Sunday by saying his report should go public in its entirety. Analyzing the letter, Bauer writes, "the Barr summary reveals that the special counsel uncovered not just a couple but "multiple offers" of support from the Russians, and yet, neither Mr. Trump nor his campaign reported them to counterintelligence or law enforcement authorities. And Bette Midler tweeted, "#MuellersReport finds no evidence showing #TrumpsTeam of "collusion" with Russian Federation, but stops short of "exonerating" Trump on obstruction of justice. Barr wrote that after consulting with Justice Department officials, he and Rosenstein concluded that there was not enough evidence that Trump had committed obstruction of justice.

The US attorney for the Southern District of NY, for instance, has an open investigation into campaign funding violation in the payment of hush-money to women who claimed to have had affairs with the president in which Trump was implicated by his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen. Meanwhile, six Trump associates have been accused of set of crimes that include financial malfeasance and lying to investigators, and five of them have already been convicted or pleaded guilty.

For many Democrats, Robert Mueller's investigation has long stood as their best, last chance to take down President Donald Trump before the next election.

The release of the summary is likely to ignite a new political fight in Washington as Democrats push for Barr to release the full report. "The attorney general is protecting Trump".

"This isn't just vindication for Trump, it's vindication for me", said Chalamet, 21, a first-time voter in 2016 who backed the NY real estate magnate to the dismay of his Democratic parents.

In the end, the decision to not make a formal request for a subpoena was critical, because that demand, should it have been rejected, would have been communicated by the attorney general to Congress, as the special counsel regulations mandate. But the President said March 20 that he wants the report released, saying "Let people see it". 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.

US President Donald Trump reacts during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington US
US President Donald Trump reacts during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington US

King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the other members of Maine's congressional delegation urged - to one extent or another - Attorney General William P. Barr to make Mueller's report available to the public.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who would lead any impeachment effort, said he would call Barr to testify soon "in light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department".

While Mr Mueller's team backed the assessment of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation worked to help Mr Trump win the 2016 election, it concluded the president's team did not collude with Moscow.

Earlier this month he launched the Democrats' most ambitious investigation yet into alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of office by Trump, targeting 81 individuals and entities.

Democrats nearly immediately raised questions about the report's finding about obstruction.

It remained unclear, however, how much more would be made public.

There were morsels in Barr's letter both sides could savour.

The first part reportedly looked into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was collusion between any member of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Trump had also called Mueller "out of control" and referred to his legal team as a "band of angry Democrats".

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