Mueller report latest: House subpoenas for unredacted version

Clay Curtis
April 20, 2019

"First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favoured presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton".

George Papadopoulos, President Donald Trump's former campaign foreign policy adviser, said Friday he was "quite frankly shocked" that special counsel Robert Mueller was truthful about why he'd been targeted in connection with the Trump investigation.

A senior Australian official says his country is "now ready to confirm" a chain of events between the high commissioner to the United Kingdom and a Trump campaign adviser that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to a report.

For example, in July 2017, he directed former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to tell Sessions to say publicly that the Mueller investigation was "very unfair" and limit it to protecting against future election interference.

"Under applicable Supreme Court precedent, the Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunise a President for obstructing justice".

"Asking your staff to lie and engaging in some of the activities that the Mueller report stated the president engaged in is too close to obstruction".

The redacted report also states that while Mueller found "numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government" and the Trump campaign, the evidence was "not sufficient" to file any unregistered foreign agent charges or campaign finance charges associated with Wikileaks's release of hacked emails - an item of potential value to the Trump campaign.

But he was in a more defensive mood Friday, as he prepared for a long Easter weekend at his Florida golf resort, insisting that he had done nothing wrong.

He said he was aware of some reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin had made "complimentary statements" about him.

As for the question of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, Mueller said there was insufficient evidence.

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Democrats meanwhile have demanded action against Barr, arguing that Mueller's report undercut some of the attorney general's key claims about the obstruction issue and the White House's cooperation with the investigation.

Mr Mueller also concluded in his report that there was not enough evidence to establish that Mr Trump's campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow to sway the 2016 election, a finding that has been known since late March when Mr Barr released a summary of Mr Mueller's conclusions.

Eric Swalwell, a California congressman, called for Barr's resignation while several others berated him.

Mr McGahn refused - deciding he would rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential "Saturday Night Massacre" of Watergate firings fame.

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", Mr. Mueller wrote. "You gotta call Rod", Mr McGahn recalled the president as saying, according to the report.

Mr Trump was informed on May 17, 2017 of the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions, the report said.

"In assessing the president's actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context", Barr said.

"Many know I take no pleasure in discussions of impeachment.

And as the special counsel's report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a honest belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks".

The report included an appendix that contained 12 pages of Mr Trump's written responses to the special counsel. "Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the "Report" about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad)".

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