Trump hints at payback for 'evil' enemies over Mueller report

Leroy Wright
March 26, 2019

But Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal lawyers, said it "would be very inappropriate" to release the president's written answers to the special counsel, saying they were confidential.

"While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", Mr Mueller noted, according to Mr Barr's summary - in contrast to Mr Trump's claim of "complete exoneration".

Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, are demanding a full look at special counsel Robert Mueller's findings and dismissing Attorney General William Barr's Sunday summary as incomplete, at best, and biased, at worst.

Mr Barr is facing calls to appear before congressmen to explain his thinking.

Without a recommendation from Mr Mueller, Mr Barr stepped in and decided there was not sufficient evidence to establish that the president obstructed justice. Nadler later held a conference call with Democratic members on the Judiciary panel and reiterated calls for transparency.

Barr, 68, a DOJ veteran who was sworn in as Trump's second attorney general last month, had his nomination under scrutiny from Democrats for a memo he wrote to Rosenstein in June, 2018, criticizing Mueller's inquiry.

If Barr withholds information based on executive privilege or Justice Department policy, Democrats could bring a lawsuit seeking to force disclosure.

The full report has not yet been released, but Mr Barr's four-page summary reveals broadly what the investigation did and did not uncover.

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The Ilyushin IL-62 passenger jet had flown from Moscow via Syria , where Russian Federation supports President Bashar Assad. A picture of a Russian flagged aircraft posted on social media showed men in uniform clustered around it on the tarmac.

While Democrats have said Mr Barr's letter should not be considered the final word on what Mr Mueller found, the president still claimed total vindication.

Pelosi and Schumer on Sunday accused Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, of neither being a "neutral observer" nor in a position "to make objective determinations about the report", citing Barr's "public record of bias" against the Russian Federation investigation. He said he will be consulting with Mueller to determine what else can be released. There's a small team working on it, and no firm timeline for release, according to CNN.

Speaking in the Oval Office, he said no other president should have to be investigated over "a false narrative". There is already a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates hoping to deny Trump re-election next year. Meanwhile, multiple investigations into Trump's conduct are being carried out by the Southern District of NY.

Trump has spent months railing against former Justice Department officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, accusing them of an illegal witch hunt for the goal of delegitimizing his presidency.

Among those whom Mueller charged during the course of his investigation were the president's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Russian Federation has denied any meddling in the 2016 election.

All they needed was a stinging condemnation from Mueller of Trump's behavior to give their probes liftoff.

Mueller, in previous legal filings, described a Russian campaign to interfere in the election through hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, harm Clinton and boost Trump. A court fight could, in theory, reach the Supreme Court.

Mueller's team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed almost 500 search warrants, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, as the special counsel employed 19 lawyers and was assisted by a team of 40 federal agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other professional staff.

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