Washington politicians respond to release of Mueller Report

Here's what the report says about that 'compromising tape'

Washington politicians respond to release of Mueller Report

A powerful U.S. congressional committee has issued a subpoena for an unedited version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in NY.

Mr Mueller's report noted "numerous links" between the Russian government and Mr Trump's campaign and said the president's team "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts", referring to hacked Democratic emails.

"Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice" added chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler.

"My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice", he said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, travelling Thursday on a congressional trip to Ireland, said in a joint statement with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that Mueller's report revealed more than was known about the obstruction question. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case.

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"Trump Jr. responded that he already 'had done so, ' and asked, 'What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?'" the report states.

That's according to a hugely anticipated report from Mueller that details multiple efforts the president made to curtail a Russian Federation probe he feared would cripple his administration.

"If dozens of Federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime, and found they couldn't, it would mean there wasn't any evidence you did it - and that's what happened here - that's what we just learned from the Mueller Report".

Trump reacted with dismay when told by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions on May 17, 2017 that a special counsel had been appointed, according to the report.

Mr Trump, who has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a political witch hunt, lashed out again today.

US President Donald Trump with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the background. While Mueller believed he didn't have enough evidence to find obstruction, he made it clear he would not exonerate Trump.

The Mueller investigation had previously charged 34 other people and three Russian entities, netting convictions or guilty pleas from several Trump associates including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.

"Watch out for people that take so-called notes, when the notes never existed until needed". She says she will take a few days to read through the report. "& only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad)".

Away from the central question, however, Mr Trump is not unscathed.

Republican Congressmember Dan Newhouse said that the report concludes that President Trump did not obstruct justice. "Fearing that such a firing would trigger another "Saturday Night Massacre", like the one carried out by President Richard Nixon in 1973, McGahn chose to quit, telling then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus that the president had asked him to 'do insane s***'".

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's report and the underlying materials. A Russian entity directly served at least 29 million people content in their news feeds via almost 80,000 posts over two years - posts that may have reached 126 million people - a deception that undermined both USA laws and the US election, despite Trump pooh-poohing the idea.

The report also said there wasn't sufficient evidence to charge any campaign officials with working as an unregistered foreign agent of Russian Federation.

There is "no evidence substantiated by any facts" that Russian Federation interfered in the election and Moscow rejects the accusations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Despite such findings, some former officials say the Mueller report shows the US intelligence community is not blameless.

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