Mueller report: Trump tried repeatedly to choke Russia probe

Mueller report: Trump tried repeatedly to choke Russia probe

Mueller report: Trump tried repeatedly to choke Russia probe

Trump has long accused the Democrats of conducting a "witch hunt" against him.

New York's attorney general has opened a civil investigation into Cohen's allegations that Trump exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans.

Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, defended the president in a press conference Thursday by saying there was insufficient evidence to bring an obstruction case against Trump.

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

Schumer and Pelosi released a statement Thursday saying "the differences are stark between what Attorney General Barr said on obstruction and what special counsel Mueller said on obstruction".

The report states that no person is above the law, including the president, and that the Constitution "does not categorically and permanently immunize a President for obstructing justice".

The Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 earlier this month to give Nadler permission to issue subpoenas for the final report, its exhibits and any underlying evidence or materials prepared for Mueller's investigation.

Mr. Mueller also revealed evidence that Mr. Trump fired former FBI director James Comey for refusing to publicly exculpate him in the Russia investigation; that Mr. Trump's lawyers vetted a statement to Congress from Mr. Cohen in which he lied about a prospective Trump hotel in Moscow, and later discussed the prospect of a presidential pardon with Mr. Cohen; and that Mr. Trump edited a statement from his son about the Trump Tower meeting to remove references to the promise of Russian dirt on Ms. Clinton. Still, he said Mueller was bound by the Justice Department's position that a sitting president can't be indicted.

"We're accepting apologies today, too", Conway told reporters, adding that Trump watched Barr, talked to his lawyers and was in "a great mood". "And it's clear that special counsel Mueller wanted the Congress to consider the repercussions and the consequences".

"McGahn refused to recede from his recollections about events surrounding the president's direction to have the special counsel removed, despite the President's multiple demands that he do so".

Republicans sought to portray Democrats as unwilling to let go of the idea that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to swing the election.

Buried in Appendix C, which begins on page 417 of 448 of the Mueller Report, are some extremely un-Trump-like words of Donald J. Trump. "There was no collusion".

This means Congress must be able to review the report in full and be able to continue to thoroughly investigate the many questions it raises-including having Special Counsel Mueller testify before both the Senate and the House. "The Mueller report very clearly outlined obstruction by the president and basically said, I can't do anything about it, it's up to Congress to hold the president accountable". Mueller's team also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice.

"We can not take Attorney General Barr's word for it". "W$3 e are unable to reach that judgment". The evidence we obtained about the President's actions and intent presents hard issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. "Tell him he's part of the team", the governor later told Mueller.

"The evidence does not establish that the President sought to prevent disclosure of the emails in those official proceedings", the Mueller report says. Kilimnik is a man who the U.S. government said had ongoing ties to Russian intelligence. "It's an awesome and solemn responsibility that Congress has now to try to deal with the crisis that's contained in this report". But his appointment nonetheless won bipartisan support, especially coming after the president's selection of Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general who was attacked by Democrats as an unqualified Trump insider. 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. Officials from around Washington responded to what they know so far, many indicating a growing mistrust of Attorney General Barr.

Ocasio-Cortez's comments differ from Democratic leadership opting not to encourage impeachment.

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