Trump Praises Mueller as Democrats Fume

Tanya Cunningham
March 28, 2019

Trump has seized on summary clearing him of collusion as a complete vindication of his many claims.

The Democratic leaders added: "Attorney General Barr's letter raises as many questions as it answers". They want a full copy of Mueller's report so they can tear it apart and say Barr came to a different conclusion because he covered up for Trump.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, thwarted the motion which called on the justice department to publicly disclose the report.

Notably, two Democrats in the room who brought up concerns about the nationwide focus on their high-profile probes - Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) - are from opposite sides of the caucus: one a liberal, the other from a Trump district.

In his letter dated March 24, Barr quotes from Mueller's report saying his investigation "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

Six House Democratic committee chairmen have written to Barr asking to have Mueller's full report by April 2. Chief of Department of Justice's Counterinter and Export Control section, who tried to explain how Robert Mueller didn't conduct the "customery balancing test" prior to his decision to not-charge the President with obstruction... "The one sentence we've seen from the report says this is not an exoneration of the president".

Those investigations should include Trump's insistence on hiding his tax returns; his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, which was followed by an admission that the decision was related to the Russian Federation investigation; and the manner in which he has used his office to buoy his family's finances through Mar-a-Lago and the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Other targets for Trump and his allies are the investigators and lawyers who asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for authorization in 2016 to collect the communications of a onetime junior campaign adviser named Carter Page.

In the past, Mr Trump has called for investigations of Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated in 2016. "You should begin by asking the basic question: 'Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?' At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place".

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and a Trump ally, told reporters he would ask for an investigation.

Trump also said he had not thought about pardoning anyone convicted or who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe.

Steele also compiled the infamous, partly unverified dossier about Trump that has been the basis of so much back-and-forth since it was published in early 2017 - and which now appears to have been undercut following Mueller's conclusion.

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