Russian Federation probe 'an illegal takedown that failed'

Many furiously demanded the entire Mueller report be released.

Top congressional Democrats said Sunday it was "urgent" that the full report on Russian interference in the 2016 USA election be publicly released, stressing it does not exonerate President Donald Trump.

Barr aides say that he hopes to hand top lawmakers an initial summary after more review on Sunday and could also publicly release the same summary.

As for obstruction of justice, Barr said that while Mueller's report "does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

The two Democrats also said Trump's declaration that the report is a complete exoneration of the president because it clears him of colluding with Russian Federation "directly contradicts the words of Mr Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility".


With Mueller's report finished, Trump's opponents have shifted to pressuring Barr to release its underlying evidence.

Trump, however, is celebrating because he has maintained that the charges against him - that he colluded with the Russians to influence voters in the United States - were fabricated and part of a larger conspiracy to undermine his win over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

They called for the full release of the report, as well as documents backing up its findings, and have promised to subpoena any information they do not get. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice but did not come to a definitive answer.

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.

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.


In assessing whether Americans committed crimes related to Russia's election interference, Mueller was looking for a specific agreement "tacit or express" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

US President Donald Trump.

Mueller's investigation brought charges against 34 people, including Russian agents and former key allies of Trump, such as campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former security adviser Mike Flynn and his personal lawyer Michael Cohen. 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.

During his investigation, Mr Mueller looked at whether a number of Mr Trump's actions might have obstructed the course of justice. "America is the greatest place on earth", he told reporters gathered on the South Lawn. They found there wasn't enough evidence to prove Trump had committed that crime.

Top congressional Democrats said Sunday, March 24, it was "urgent" that the full report on Russian interference in the 2016 USA election be publicly released, stressing it does not exonerate Donald Trump.


Spin-off investigations were opened by other federal prosecutors into Trump's hush money payments to a porn star, his inauguration committee's fundraising and his business.

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