Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report to be released by mid-April

Grant Boone
April 3, 2019

The document is based on a 22-month probe conducted by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller, who investigated the claims that Russian Federation conspired with Trump's campaign officials to help him win the 2016 election. She mocked the administration and Republicans as "scaredy-cats". He said his committee will continue its investigation into Trump's foreign business interests and Congress and the public still need to see special counsel Robert Mueller's full report.

A Mueller spokesman would not comment on the letter to Congress that Barr issued on Friday.

Both the department official and the other person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the document.

Special Counsel Mueller, "without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime".

Hours after Trump went on Twitter to demand that Democrat Adam Schiff resign from Congress, Republican lawmakers called on him to quit as chairman of the bitterly divided House of Representatives Intelligence Committee because of his comments about the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

"Everyone will soon be able to read it on their own", Barr said. "While I join Chairman Nadler in looking forward to reviewing the classified information in the report at a future date, he stands alone in setting arbitrary deadlines for that release and in calling the attorney general to break the law by releasing the report without redactions".

Democrats have rallied around Schiff and his position as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a leading voice in the Russian Federation investigation.

They've made it look like Trump has the moral high ground and had been the victim of a witch hunt for two years!

Schiff responded by citing a list of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, from Donald Trump Jr. welcoming a Russian offer of "dirt" on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, to former national security adviser Michael Flynn secretly discussing easing USA sanctions on Russia with Moscow's ambassador before Trump became president.

But after Attorney General William Barr's letter on Sunday, clarifying that the special counsel's investigation found no coordination or collusion involving Trump, Schiff has not apologized or backed down from spreading his truther narrative.

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In addition to his focus on Russia, Schiff recently called for investigating former Orchids of Asia Day Spa owner Li Yang and any illegal influence operation trying to sell access to Trump. Democrats believe that they need to give Barr a reasonable time frame in which to respond before taking or announcing next steps.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests at a campaign event on December 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"What is the president afraid of". They - rightly - would have seen this as an abuse of power, and abuse they now seem to think is just acceptable.

Mr Barr, citing the "principal conclusions" of the report last week, said the special counsel did not find that the Trump presidential campaign had conspired with the Russian government to win the 2016 election.

"I would hope the attorney general would not be acting as a political operative for the president", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee. The prevailing opinion in the Justice Department is that a sitting president can't be indicted, and it's typical department practice not to reveal information gathered about people who aren't going to be charged.

In his letter, Barr offered to testify before the Senate and House Judiciary committees on May 1 and 2, respectively.

"The president has now an opportunity for weeks, it sounds like, to do these victory laps", said Representative Cummings, noting that Mr. Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, is among those headed to jail as a result of the probe.

Mr. Nadler rejected that notion, saying Mr. Barr must "work with us to request a court order to release any and all grand jury information to the House Judiciary Committee".

"I have great confidence in the Attorney General, if that's what he'd like to do", Trump said. Barr's March 29 missive expressly tries to alleviate some of those fears, but there is still wide latitude for large portions of the report to be hidden from Congress or the public.

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