Goodness, suddenly the GOP loves Bob Mueller. Or at least – surprise! – Lindsey Graham does it. Lindsey Graham: "Bad day for those who hope that the Mueller investigation will bring President Trump down. Great work by Mr. Mueller and his team to thoroughly investigate all things Russia," he said Senator.
The former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who was very critical of Donald Trump, at one point stated that Trump's access to nuclear codes is "damn scary", provided a very balanced commentary on the Sunday report summary. Clapper said that when he was about to leave his position in the government in 2017, Clapper said the intelligence agencies "had no direct evidence of collusion" between Trump or his campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 elections. He added at CNN a few minutes ago: "We had confidence then and now we do it in Bob Mueller".
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren quickly called Friday when it was announced that the report was over for public disclosure. He repeated it on Sunday and clearly expressed his suspicion that the results are so far off that they only emerge at a low price, which all go in favor of the president. She He said on Twitter: "Congress voted 420-0 to publish Mueller's full report. Not a" summary "from his carefully chosen Attorney General. AG Barr, make the full report public. Right away."
Denny Heck then referred to all the people who were indicted following the Robert Mueller investigation, some of whom were found guilty or were found guilty and others are still going through the judicial process. These include election campaign president Paul Manafort, former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, who was very briefly a national security adviser at the start of the administration in 2017, the political fixer Roger Stone, the Russian agents and more.
Heck, a Democrat, said of the Mueller investigation, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt: "If it was a witch hunt, there were lots of witches found, and their names are Manafort , Cohen, Flynn is right down the line. "
The Democrat Denny Heck, a member of the House's intelligence committee, has just considered CNN with Trump and the final statements of his henchfolks that he was cleared from the point of obstacle to justice.
Trump, dressed in a dark suit and a red tie, on the asphalt with the noise of the engines of the aircraft in the background while he was about to embark on his flight said that the report amounted to "complete exemption".
Heck said: "There was no exemption. Period. Satisfied." He agreed with the president that great damage was done to America, but he said it was the Russian interference in the 2016 elections, which Trump has consistently rejected, despite the fact that the leaders of the # 39 US intelligence said it had been, said Heck.
Then he took up a theme that he returned to several times in recent months, while the tension increased while everyone was waiting for Mueller's relationship, that is, the theme of the fairness of the investigation.
"It is a pity that our country has had to face it, it is a pity that your president had to face all this. Even before he was elected, this started, and it started illegally," he said.
He concluded: "This is an illegal take-down that has failed".
Trump often riffs for many minutes at the following print pool, but has kept this short. He spoke tense, then stopped and headed for his flight.
The president then stated that the notion of collusion between him or those working for his electoral campaign and the Russian government, or the Kremlin-related operatives, was "The most ridiculous thing I have ever heard". Then he tackles the theme of obstructionism justice, which was part of Mueller's investigation. The report said he could not conclude that there was no obstruction, but also that the president had not been exonerated.
Trump said: "There was no obstruction, absolutely nothing. It was a total and total exemption."
Trump: "This was an illegal take-down that failed"
Donald Trump has just spoken to journalists before boarding Air Force One in Florida. He said: "After a long examination, after a long investigation, after so many people were so badly hurt, after not looking from the other side, after many bad things happened, a lot of things happened bad for our country, it was just announced that there was no collusion with Russia ".
Trump tweeted: "No Collusion. No obstruction Total and total waiver. Keep America great."
Donald Trump is traveling from Mar-a-Lago to the airport. CNN has already predicted that it will gloat over Mueller's report.
MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin, who is prolific on Twitter, has picked up some important gaps in Sarah Sanders' tweet. He tweeted his post: "This is not accurate. Like @KatyTurNBC As soon as he was aired, Mueller "didn't find any obstacle". Mueller does not draw a conclusion in one way or another. Barr's letter: "Even if this report does not conclude that the president has committed a crime, he does not exonerate him."
The word had just come from the pool of journalists who, in turn, report and travel with the president to send messages about his actions, which Donald Trump will be speaking before leaving Florida today. He has been in his private club and residence in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that: "The special consultant found no collusion and found no obstacles. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein also established that there was no obstacle. The results of the Justice Department are a complete and complete exemption from the President of the United States ".
My colleagues Oliver Laughland and Martin Pengelly write that US attorney general William Barr delivered on Sunday a summary of the report by the special advisor on Russian interference in the 2016 elections to members of Congress.
He revealed that Robert Mueller did not find any "official of the Trump campaign or conspiracy or expertly coordinated associate" with Russian agents during the 2016 campaign.
The report shows that Mueller has not filed further criminal charges following a nearly two-year investigation that saw some of Donald Trump's closest advisers prosecuted and convicted.
The special consultant was not able to draw a conclusion "one way or another" whether Trump or someone in the White House hindered justice during the investigation.
Read here for the Guardian report that is taking place.
The United States Attorney General, William Barr, delivered a report on Sunday of Special Advisor Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in 2016 elections to members of Congress.
The main finding was that no "official or member of Trump's campaign conspired or deliberately coordinated" with operational agents connected to the Russian government during the presidential campaign.
Regarding questions about the president's potential obstruction of justice, the report "does not conclude that Trump committed a crime". Significantly, however, the report also states that Mueller's investigation "does not exonerate him".
Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump's lawyers, told CNN that the report "completely exonerated" the president, while White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that it was a "total and complete exoneration".
After almost two years of work by Mueller and a series of accusations by people in Trump's narrow circle, many will be surprised – and critics and opponents of the president dismayed – by the main conclusions described by Barr.