Rudy Giuliani: Mueller probe was 'bad' for the country

Rudy Giuliani: Mueller probe was 'bad' for the country

The Mueller Report landed on Friday and if you're like most smart and savvy people, your response to the breaking news was, "get this off my television, bring back basketball".

Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Trump's strongest allies in the Senate, also said he wanted to look into actions that led to the launch of Mueller's investigation.

Even some high-level Democrats were talking not so much of ramping up investigations but the need to address bread-and-butter domestic issues. The letter raised numerous questions, Lemon said, such as why Trump had "repeatedly deferred" to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own administration.

Sanders, growing visibly flustered, responded, "Are you kidding?" "Just as a legal matter, to say that you can't prosecute somebody because they don't meet the elements of the statute, it's not an exoneration".

Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in congressional elections last November and have used their power since January to launch blockbuster hearings in the powerful House Judiciary and House Oversight committees. " But then again, why would Mueller be expected to exonerate the president in the absence of any crime?" Congress is the ultimate arbiter here, through potential impeachment proceedings. Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.


Notwithstanding Barr's heroic, lawyerly effort to create a sense that Mueller has exonerated Trump, the letter he delivered to Congress on Sunday is almost silent on all of these questions, and actually suggests that the report's contents are deeply damaging to the president. "Democratic leaders were already backing away from it", said Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution in Washington.

"It's a shame that our country has had to go through this", Trump said. For two years, with the help of ex-Obama officials, they spun anecdotes of contacts between Russians and Trump campaign advisers into a conspiracy.

He stressed that Mueller's conclusion that President Trump did not collude with Russian Federation is an example of a finding, not a political statement.

King called on Barr to show Congress and the American people his work and explain his decision while releasing as much of the report as possible without compromising ongoing investigations or divulging classified sources.

Cummings, whose Oversight Committee has broad authority to investigate the executive branch and its leaders, has sent a bevy of letters to administration officials on a half-dozen topics, including some inquiring whether Trump overrode the advice of career Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, obtain top clearances.


Still, senior Democrats were in no mood to accept total defeat. I'm chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump or his associates conspired with Russian Federation.

At a news conference on Monday, one reporter noted that Graham appeared to have a conflict of interest.

While Democrats' congressional hearings are not likely to quietly fade away in coming days and weeks, there is now more risk attached to them. But Barr's statement is an important one when it comes to whether Republicans would ever go along with impeaching or removing Trump - and whether voters might support Trump in 2020.

Now that the bankrupt Mueller investigation has come full circle, disrupting many lives along the way, the Republicans and the Democrats face what could be the moment of truth as far as their future political relations are concerned.


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