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Parties weigh next steps after Mueller report

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/26/19, 11:51 am

WASHINGTON—Democrats are still coming to terms with the findings (or lack thereof) of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. House Democrats have upped their calls for Attorney General William Barr to release the full Mueller report, as well as its underlying evidence, by April 2.

The leaders of six House committees wrote to Barr on Monday, calling his initial four-page summary of the investigation “not sufficient,” adding that Congress “must be permitted to make an independent assessment of the evidence regarding obstruction of justice.” Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey or otherwise, but Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Mueller’s report did not contain enough evidence to pursue obstruction charges against the president. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he would call Barr to testify before the committee on his decision soon.

President Donald Trump said the release of the full Mueller report “wouldn’t bother me at all,” but he also lambasted the investigation, saying, “We can never let this happen to another president again.”

At a news conference Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he plans to investigate “the other side of the story,” including whether political bias against Trump motivated the Justice Department’s actions or influenced the origins of the Russia investigation. He also said he would look into the FBI’s use of an anti-Trump dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele and whether there was any Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse along the way. “And if I were you, Mr. President, I would focus on what’s next for the country,” Graham advised.

Democratic leadership has tried to shift the public’s focus to legislation, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announcing she will hold a news conference Tuesday on healthcare. But Mueller’s report has not silenced Trump’s loudest critics on Capitol Hill. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said she plans to introduce a resolution calling for the Judiciary Committee to investigate if there are grounds to impeach the president. On Monday, her office circulated a letter asking for co-sponsors for the resolution, Politico reported.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • KH
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 03:08 pm

    Today's Democrats: ....full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing.

    So far to the left that JFK could never run for president as a Democrat today.

    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 04:03 pm

    Great, now they are showing people where Barr lives so all the people with TDS can harrass him and his family.

    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 04:13 pm

    I wish the rest of the Republicans had guts enough to investigate the Dems who are oozing with illegal goings on.

    It's really sad when many Republicans are just RINOs. It's amazing that Republicans allow anyone to run as a Republican.  You call yourself a Republican to get elected and then vote with the Dems. But Dems seem to keep a tight reign on who runs as a Dem. 


  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/26/2019 05:17 pm

    Here’s what the American Left really needs to come to terms with:  the Republican Party nominated, and the American People voted for a man who is, quite frankly, uncouth and ill-mannered with a ton of dubious stuff in his background, in preference to the policies of the Democratic Party and the most qualified candidate they had to offer. 

    Yet they continue to push the most extreme and often repulsive views on us. And can’t understand why we don’t just fall all over ourselves applauding their wisdom. 

    To me, the fact that a substantial number of people do back the left’s proposals, including some of us who call ourselves Christians, just proves that Satan is wildly successful in deceiving people.  

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 05:08 am

    The depth of the corruption of the Obama administration seems bottomless.  His administration used the massive powers of the Federal Government to wiretap, investigate, intimidate and rig an election.  After the election those powers were used in an attempted coup d'etat to overthrow an elected president.  Top Democrats were calling for his impeachment even before he took office.  They call for his followers to be intimidated to the point where they can't eat or sleep in peace.   Even when the whole thing is exposed, it only emboldens them.  No admissions.  No apologies.  Only hate and destruction.  And the people cheer!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 01:28 pm

    That would be a fairly small minority who are cheering. I believe all of these events are waking up Mr. and Mrs. Ordinary American to the extreme aims of the left. Remember, the ordinary non-political citizenry was once referred to as “The Silent Majority?”  They may not be protesting in the streets or even adding comments on sites like this. But hopefully they will be voting against extremism next election.