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Barr could brief Congress on Mueller report within days

by Mickey McLean & Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/22/19, 07:05 pm

UPDATE: In a letter to key members of Congress, Attorney General William Barr said he could update them on the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report as soon as this weekend. Leaders of both parties welcomed the news. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hoped the findings of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election would “help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy.” Democrats demanded that Barr make public the full contents of the report. “The American people have a right to the truth,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement.

Barr said in his letter that he, Mueller, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would work together to decide how much of the report could be released “consistent with the law, the special counsel’s regulations, and the [Justice] Department’s longstanding practices and policies.” He also noted that the Justice Department did not block Mueller from taking any actions during the investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the next steps are up to Barr, and “We look forward to the process taking its course.” She also said the White House had not been briefed on Mueller’s report.

Multiple news outlets, citing anonymous sources in the Justice Department, reported that Mueller was not recommending any further charges against individuals as a result of the investigation.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (5:29 p.m.): Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, delivering his final report to Attorney General William Barr Friday afternoon. What happens next with the report, including how much of it will be released to the public, depends on the attorney general, Congress, and most likely the federal courts. Barr plans to write his own report summarizing Mueller’s findings to Congress and the American people and could do so as early as this weekend.

So far, the probe has led to felony charges against 34 people, including six aides and advisers to President Donald Trump, and three companies.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 03/23/2019 03:46 pm


    The Democrat True Believers will not accept any conclusion other than the one they arrived at over 2 years ago:  that Donald Trump only became President because of dirty lying cheating deceptive double-dealing crookedness, presumably with the assistance of various other dirty lying cheating (etc) entities, both foreign and domestic. 

    If the Mueller Report does not contain the charges the Dems want, the Dems will say Mueller lied, was bought off, was intimidated or...

    Anything in the Mueller Report that even suggests the faintest hint of Trump or Republican impropriety will be seized on and magnified and distorted until Robert Mueller and his team will be forced to deny the interpretation being put on it.  Said denials will be ignored and brushed off. 

    So...  If you thought, “At last. This is over. Now this Nation can get down to the important business,” sorry, but you are going to be disappointed. 

  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Sun, 03/24/2019 12:42 pm

    The most interesting thing about this report may be what is not in it.  There won't be any mention of the coup d'etat attempt by the heads of the FBI and CIA the DOJ and members of Congress to overthrow an elected president even before he took office. There will be no mention of actual collusion with Russia by Democrats.  Leaks to the press of classified information won't be mentioned.  There will be no apologies for early morning raids with massive firepower and a CNN camera crew waiting to film it all.  There will be no admission of entrapment which led to charges of process crimes that had nothing to do with the actual investigation.  And we still won't know who leaked the DNC emails, which embarrased them by honestly exposing their lying, cheating and dirty tricks.  No actual culprit in this massive hoax will suffer one whit.  And yet the investigations will go on ...

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 12:12 am

    Wall Street Journal has just come out with an interesting editorial on the attempted coup d’etat.  The writer, William McGurn, calls out former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as those primarily responsible for pushing the Russia conspiracy theory. McGurn says Mueller’s report essentially has made clear they did so with no real evidence.

    The “evidence” they cited— in addition to their own dislike for Trump and gut feelings that he surely must be guilty—is the now totally discredited “dossier” put together by several persons of known sketchiness at the request of the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

    I would say the Democrats surely are smart enough to realize by now: this horse they are beating has passed to the lush pastures of the Beyond.  Except they’re not.