Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's hands

Republicans block U.S. Senate Democrats' move to make Mueller report public

Quoting the special counsel, Barr said, 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.' So all of these claims of complete exoneration, I think are quite premature.

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But House Democrats are going to push ahead on that front.

It is appropriate to want to see what the full Mueller report says, but the statement itself is an unequivocal declaration; after two years of investigating by 49 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and 19 lawyers who issued 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, interviewed 500 witnesses and made 13 requests to governments for evidence, the Special Counsel did not find collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it.

The Kremlin said on Monday that President Vladimir Putin was ready to improve ties with the United States following the release of Barr's summary and called on Washington to formally recognise there was no collusion.

Democrats also signaled that they will curtail some public focus, at least, from their investigations of Trump and try to keep attention on their policy goals.

Meanwhile, Republicans say new investigations needed into exactly why and how the probe that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel got started - probes that are meant to focus on allegations of bias at the FBI and Justice Department.

Six committee chairs in the Democratic-led House of Representatives called on Mr Barr, in a letter seen by Reuters, to release the full Mueller report to Congress by April 2.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller exits St. John's Episcopal Church after attending services, across from the White House, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019. As Americans, we should all be excited - regardless of politics - that the President has been cleared.

All Americans should agree that the findings of the Mueller investigation are a good thing: the President of the United States did not collude with Russian Federation.

"If there is something really wrong we should look into it", Schumer said.

Now the Left in Congress are threatening to subpoena Mueller and Attorney General Barr.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted: "Congress voted 420-0 to release the full Mueller report".

"What's next I hope is that [Attorney General Barr] will come to the committee, release as much as possible of the Mueller report", Graham said during a press conference. The Mueller Report closes a chapter. By not acting, Mueller placed the politically charged obstruction question in the hands of a Trump appointee, Attorney General William Barr, who even before he took office expressed skepticism about whether the president's action constituted a crime.

"There are a lot of people out there that have done some very evil things, very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country".

Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, a member of Democratic leadership, said he has been encouraging colleagues to talk about those policy issues like health care and infrastructure.

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