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Democrats demand action on Mueller report

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/19/19, 11:53 am

Unsatisfied with Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute President Donald Trump, House Democrats issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report. Barr released a redacted version of the report to Congress and the public Thursday. Following a two-year investigation, Mueller concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and that the Trump campaign did not collaborate with those efforts, but he declined to make a decision about whether the president obstructed the inquiry. Barr said there’s not enough evidence to prove obstruction, but Democrats in Congress want to decide for themselves.

“It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. He expects the Justice Department to comply with the subpoena by May 1.

“As we continue to review the report, one thing is clear: Attorney General Barr presented a conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice while Mueller’s report appears to undercut that finding,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a joint statement Thursday.

Trump and Republican lawmakers said the report exonerated the president and it’s time for the country and Congress to move on. “What you're seeing is unprecedented desperation from the left,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. “There was no collusion. It’s over.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 03:02 pm

    Unfortunately, this is as biased a condensation of the current news and the complete Mueller report that I've read anywhere, except in hard core Republican outlets. There is so much more to the complete report than you have indicated, and the issues are complex, not simplistic. I thought World was more neutral than this?

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 06:38 pm

    It depends on which news media coverage you are referring to.  I don't see a lack of neutrality here.  

    The issues are complex but, in the end, it is the job of the special prosecutor to unravel that complexity and make a judgement.  In one instance, which was the focus of the investigation, that judgement was clear (this is really the most important outcome).  In another, he was unable to make a judgement, leaving to the attorney general a decision he should have rendered if he were convinced a crime was or was not committed.  If Mueller and his team, who were the closest people to the evidence, could not make this decision, do you think the attorney general is going to come to any different conclusion?  That is, there is insufficient or no clear evidence to convict.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 04/20/2019 12:50 am

    Gramma, reading between the lines, it appears you are saying this World report, and reports from “hard core [sic] Republican outlets” are biased but apparently so-called mainstream media outlets are not biased. I recall you saying once before that you didn’t find mainstream news to be biased.  

    Most readers here, I’m afraid, would greatly disagree with you. 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 06:22 pm

    The president is already guilty in the eyes of the Democrats.  The question they are looking to answer is what is he guilty of.  

    The real investigation that must now be undertaken is of the Democrats, what prompted the special counsel investigation and why Hillary was not prosecuted.  

    No one should ignore the president's character flaws but, as the lengthy Mueller investigation and report has found, they do not rise to the level of criminality.  In contrast, Hillary's actions alone were more egregious than what others have already served prison time for.  This injustice must be addressed.  

    The Democrats can and should probe any potential injustice but allegations of crime associated with this report should be laid to rest.

  • WORLD User 188067
    Posted: Mon, 04/22/2019 06:06 pm

    Have you attempted to read the actual report? There's more than enough to go off of based on the obstruction claims. And to refute your earlier point the report and it's writers left it up to Congress to decide, but Mr. Barr did the right thing by his loyalties in trying to spin this in a way that furthers the "witch hunt" claims and tries to make a very real concern just a liberal hunt. I used to be a Republican and still consider myself a Christian but what hurts to see as someone who has worked in media is that outlets like WOLRD perpetuate the endless echo chamber of opinions trumping real news. Does actual so called "main stream media" have bias - I'm sure it does as humans all have bias, just as "alternative news" such as this outlet does nothing but tell you what you want to hear.

    Instead of telling someone they're wrong based off of one source, look at all the outlets and think critically instead of choosing to listen to media that confirms your own biases. Is Trump the worst thing to happen to our country like most Democrats would have you believe? No. Is he healthy for this nation going forward? I don't believe so based off of looking at overtly biased outlets such as this which to be fair has read like propoganda at points. If this were a Democrat in office who had any sketchy connections to country like China for example I would also be hoping that something is done to remove that from the highest office in our country. After reading the report this is not a witch hunt and in order to be consistent on my beliefs as someone who has voted traditionally conservative I would be lying to myself to say that this man should be leading the US. 

    I once did a deep dive at the political headlines for close to a year on this site and if you only read these over other news you would be wildly under educated on what's going on politically in this country. It's sad because I too at one point wanted to believe this was an outlet that was "neutral" or "fair" but to be honest if you read this website's articles with any lense other than affirming your own viewpoints, then you're doing yourself a diservice. 

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Sat, 04/20/2019 04:02 pm

    There is bias, but not in this World article which dryly reports the facts.  Bias can be found in Pulitzer prizes being awarded in journalism this year for years of lying about Russia collusion.  Obama was barely in office when he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize.  Calls for Trump's impeachment began before he took office.  Before Brett Kavanaugh's name was made public protesters were holding up signs saying "Impeach (blank)".  I would call that bias.  

  • Laura W
    Posted: Mon, 04/22/2019 07:50 pm

    Wow, seems World can't please anyone. First they were taking heat for supposedly being "never Trump" in the election, and now people are finding fault with reports like this one for being too pro-Trump? I just don't see it. They don't even give an opinion on who's right here, and they quote two Democratic sources to one Republican. (And no, there isn't much nuance because they don't do in-depth analysis in the Sift--this one is longer than most.) Oh, and that is hardly a complimentary photo of him, by the by.