How Mueller Gave Trump a Rare Political Win

Ohio Republican says Mueller ‘next to Jesus,’ insists no evidence of Russian collusion

The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr was expected to release his summary of the long-awaited special counsel's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Sunday as lawmakers drew battle lines on how to respond to the investigation that has cast a pall over Donald Trump's presidency.

Legally, the attorney general is under no obligation to release the report publicly, but during his confirmation hearings before senators Mr Barr vowed to release as much as he could.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said he would call Mr Barr to testify "In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President".

Mueller, who spent almost two years investigating allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, also found no evidence that any member of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the election.

Ann Mueller and Special Counsel Robert Mueller walk on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.

"As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable, law, regulations and departmental policies", he said.

None of those charges, however, directly related to the question of collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

"What they're basically saying is that they're going to impeach the president for being Donald Trump", he told CNN.

US President Donald Trump speaks after touring the Lima Army Tank Plant at Joint Systems Manufacturing in Lima Ohio
US President Donald Trump

That signals there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates on the issue of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to help ensure the Republican businessman's surprise election win against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Many of Trump's opponents accused him of obstructing the Russian Federation probe when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Barr, nominated to his job by Trump a year ago, said their decision was based on the evidence uncovered by Mueller and was made "without regard to" the constitutional question of whether a sitting president can be indicted. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer.

Mr Trump's former national security adviser Flynn, his former personal lawyer Cohen and his campaign chairman Manafort are among the 34 individuals already indicted by Mr Mueller, but they will be the last, according to Mr Barr. Trump was "in a really good mood" as he watched television, made phone calls and talked to Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino and other staff in his office on Air Force One during the flight back from Florida to Washington, Gidley said.

The Democrats are unlikely to go down without a fight and have demanded the release of the entire Mueller report.

"Truth is generally the best vindication against slander", Ivanka tweeted. "Have a Great Day!" and "Make America Great Again!"

In the letter, Barr said he concluded that none of Trump's actions constituted a federal crime that prosecutors could prove in court.

That appears virtually impossible now that Republicans can point to Mueller finding no collusion and not recommending any definitive action on obstruction of justice on Trump's part.

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