President Donald Trump says Robert Mueller Report Gives Him 'Complete and Total Exoneration'
Donald Trump Did Not Collude With Russia, According to Robert Mueller Report
Two-Year Russia Collusion Investigation By Robert Mueller Ends
In the final analysis, there was no collusion between President Donald Trump and the Russians, according to Attorney General William Barr in a letter summarizing the Robert Mueller Report, according to CNN. Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to see the entire Muller Report and rejected the idea of a confidential briefing.
While Democrats have been demanding to see the entire report, experts say matters such as national security, executive privilege and grand jury testimony will have to be redacted under law. Grand jury testimony is normally confidential.
The Mueller Investigation was initiated by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein joined with his new boss Attorney General William Barr in writing the summary of the report which has been made public.
The investigation lasted approximately two years and cost about $35 million in taxpayer money.
Trump Tweets: 'No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total Exoneration'
Trump's first response to the letter was a tweet which reads as follows; "No Collusion, Complete and Total Exoneration, KEEP AMERICA GREAT!", according to an article by CNBC.
The frequently-attacked President later told reporters, "It's a shame that our country had to go through this. This was an illegal takedown that failed."
He further said, "It's a shame that your president had to go through this."
Many political insiders from Washington have already speculated the Trump Campaign will use the Mueller Report during his campaign for re-election in 2020.
Trump Referred to Mueller Investigation As 'Witch Hunt'
During the course of the investigation Trump referred to it as a "witch hunt" 170 times, according to CNN statistics kept by Marshall Cohen. Despite the fact Mueller hired many Democratic donors for his staff, the results were favorable for Trump. The key conclusion to Mueller's report is there was no collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Jerry Nadler Will Call William Barr As Witness
Democrat Jerry Nadler tweeted, "In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel Report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the near future."
Nadler is chairman of that committee and represents a district in New York.
Cory Booker Demands Full Report
Democrat Cory Booker said, "The American public deserves the full report and findings from the Mueller investigation immediately....not just the in-house summary from a Trump Administration official."
Booker is a candidate for president in the 2020 Democratic primaries.
Experts said there would be no immediate release as grand jury testimony is confidential and outside the public purview.
Two Russian Efforts To Interfere With Election
Mueller's team looked into two Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to Fox News. The work by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency to "conduct disinformation and social media operations" designed to "sow discord" in the United States.
Mueller also investigated whether the Trump team was involved in hacking emails, many of which were released publicly through WikiLeaks, that belonged to Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
According to Barr's letter, "the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S.. person or Trump Campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities."
Obstruction Of Justice Discussed By Barr and Rod Rosenstein
Barr's instantly famous letter concluded, "After reviewing the Special Counsel's final report on these issues...Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."
Rosenstein has announced his intention to resign previously, but agreed to stay on during the review of the Mueller Report by Barr.
FBI Clashed With DOJ Over Source For Surveillance Warrant
Fox News also reported that only nine days before the FBI applied for a Foreign Intelligence Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a top Trump campaign aide, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had "continued concerns" about the possible "bias" of a source pivotal to the application.
The 2016 messages sent from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew AcCabe, also reveal that bureau brass circulated at least two anti-Trump blogs, including a Lawfare blog post sent after Election Day that called Trump among the major threats to the security of the country.
Rudy Giuliani Calls Out Adam Schiff
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said, "He (Trump) was being investigated for a crime that never happened. There was never any collusion."
The former New York City mayor further said, "There has to be a full and complete investigation, with at least as much enthusiasm as this one, to figure out where did this charge emanate, who did it, who paid for it."
He also called out Rep. Adam Schiff, asking the Californian where the evidence of collusion is that Schiff has said he has.
"Where is Schiff's evidence?" Giulani asked. "Where is it? In his head?"
Jerry Nadler Will Call William Barr As Witness
Adam Schiff Claims There Could Still Be Compelling Evidence
Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that despite the fact Mueller handed in the report Friday without any new indictment recommendations, that doesn't mean "there isn't compelling and incriminating evidence that should be shared with the American people."
Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Schiff said his committee wants the full report and the underlying materials made public and will go to court in an effort to compel Barr to release them.
Five Findings Of Mueller Report
Five findings from the Mueller Report include:
l. No Collusion Between Trump and Russia. Despite efforts from Russian individuals to assist the Trump campaign, no one from t he Trump campaign colluded.
2. Insufficient evidence for Trump obstructing justice.
3. There were two main efforts by Russians to influence U.S. election. One of the efforts stemmed from a Russian organization and the other from the Russian government.
4. Mueller Referred other matters to other federal offices. Despite this, Mueller didn't recommend any further indictments.
5. Thousands of subpoenas issued. More than 2,800 subpoenas were issued and nearly 500 search warrants were executed.
Nancy Pelosi Vindicated For Advising Democrats To Back Off on Impeachment
House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi was right to advise fellow Democrats to delay impeachment efforts until after the Mueller Report. Pressured by many of her colleagues in the Democratic Party to move forward with impeachment, she resisted those efforts. The pro-impeachment segment of the Democratic Party was delivered a major blow by the Mueller Report.
While many Democrats may continue to pressure Pelosi to commence impeachment proceedings, the wind has left their sails. What will their basis be now that Mueller determined there was no collusion? Pelosi joined with Senate Minority Leader in asking for a complete release of the Mueller report.
Pelosi has said, "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.
She has been opposed to billionaire Tom Steyer's calls for impeachment.
Tom Steyer and Need To Impeach
Billionaire Tom Steyer funds "Need To Impeach. Even he may have been affected by Sunday's announcement by the Attorney General. Steyer released a statement that didn't once mention the word impeachment. Instead he asked for the release of the full Mueller report.