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Mueller Review Summary: William Barr's letter to Congress says Mueller did not find Trump's campaign with Russia as "conspired or coordinated" – live updates



The investigation by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller "did not state that members of the Trump campaign conspired with or co-ordinated with the Russian government in the 2016 election campaign," he wrote in his final report. Attorney General William Barr summed up the report's findings in a letter to lawmakers on Sunday.

Sarah Sanders (19459007), white house press spokesman, cited the report as "full and complete discharge of the President of the United States"

] Barr says that Müller has the facts in connection with his investigation of allegations however, did not make a decision on whether President Trump had committed a crime and relocated to Barr. The report "does not conclude that the President has committed a crime, he also does not relieve him," cites Barr Müller as written.

But Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein noted that the available evidence was insufficient to make Mr. Trump obstruct the judiciary.

Barr's letter was addressed to leading Democrats and Republicans in the Judiciary Committees of the US Parliament and Senate. Democratic deputy Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Committee, vowed to call Mueller to testify before the legislature "in the near future". Nadler said there were "a lot of discrepancies and final decisions in the Justice Department, according to the Special Counsel's report."

Here is Barr's letter:


Key Findings from the Mueller Report

Disability Judicial Review Failed to Follow "Traditional Indictment Judgment"

Mueller's investigation into alleged disability judiciary did not make any decision as to whether Trump had committed a crime, and instead shifted to the Attorney General:

Having conducted a "thorough fact-finding" on these matters The Special Adviser considered whether he should evaluate the conduct according to the standards of the Department of Law Enforcement and Decline Decisions, However, in the end, he decided not to make a traditional verdict from the prosecution. The Special Adviser therefore did not conclude, in one way or another, that the behavior under investigation was an obstacle. Instead, for each of the relevant measures examined, the report contains evidence on both sides of the question, leaving open what the Special Adviser sees as "difficult issues" of the law and the fact that the president's actions and intentions could be considered an obstacle

Barr notes that evidence of obstacles is "inadequate" to justify a crime committed by Trump

While Mueller did not rule on a possible disability, Barr said that the evidence was insufficient to establish that the trial had failed President violated the law.

"Following consideration of the Special Adviser's Final Report on these issues, Counseling with Division Officers, including the Legal Adviser Office Under the Federal Public Prosecutor's Guidelines, which guide our indictment decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence obtained in the investigation of the Special Lawyer is insufficient to prove that the President has committed an offense. "19659014] No Future Charges or Sealed Indictments

Barr writes that neither charges in the investigation nor future charges in the future stand.

In the course of his investigation, the Special Adviser also referred several matters to other offices Further action: The report recommends no further charges, and the Special Adviser has also received no sealed indictments that have not yet been published.

Barr Vows to Publish "As Much" as Legislative

Barr says he intends to release as much information as possible from the report:

As I've already said, I'm aware of it on the public most interesting in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intention is to reconcile the Special Counsel report as much as possible with applicable laws, regulations and departmental policies.

Because of these limitations, the schedule for editing the report depends on how quickly can the department find the material 6 (e) that can not be published by law? I have asked the Special Counsel to investigate all 6 (e) of the report as soon as possible.

Earlier Updates

Mueller near the White House

14.08 discovered: Mueller, who was known to be in the highest positions of US law enforcement during his long tenure was unobtrusively discovered on Sunday morning near the White House, after he was with his wife at St. John's Episcopal Church.

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Special Adviser Robert Mueller passes the White House after attending St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Cliff Owen / AP


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Special Advisor Robert Mueller and his wife Ann leave on Sunday, March 24, 2019, the St. John's Episcopal Church opposite the White House.

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Jeffries: Trump could be a Russian asset or "useful idiot".

13:28: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the fourth highest Democrat in the House, said Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller The report should be published so that Americans can find out if President Trump is a legitimate leader Assets of the Russian government, a king or a "useful idiot".

"Let us take the first step in terms of full disclosure of the report and the underlying documentation," Jeffries said on Sunday on "Face the Nation." "The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump is either A: a legitimate president, B: a Russian asset, C: the functional equivalent of an organized crime, or? D – just a useful idiot who happens to be a victim Collection of coincidences in the history of the republic. "

Asked whether the House's Democrats, regardless of Mueller's conclusions, seek to impeach the President, Jeffries said his party will focus on its legislative agenda and only then initiate impeachment The case against Mr. Trump is "convincing".

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Hakeem Jeffries says Trump could be illegitimate, a Russian possession or "useful idiot"

Jordan: Fear of Democrats The report will not be "bombshell"

12:56: The Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan said the Congressional Democrats have begun to sweep President Trump's commission of inquiry into President Trump because they are disappointed with the disappointment.

"Now it seems they think now that this is not going to be the bomb they thought would be them, so they are launching all sorts of new fishing expeditions," Jordan told Sunday's Face the Nation ".

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Jordan says Dems fears that the Müller report is not expected to be a "bomb"

Schiff says Mueller report should be published "ASAP"

11:15: The Democratic MP Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the US intelligence committee, said to "Face the Nation" Sunday that the Mueller report should be made public as soon as possible.

"I have great faith in Bob Müller's verdict on who should or should not be prosecuted," Schiff said, waiting for the report to be published as soon as possible so we could have the evidence in Assess the conspiracy issue and examine why Bob Muller chose not to file charges.

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Ship: Muller's report "must be made public as soon as possible"

The White House says it has not seen anything de Mueller's report

09 : 50 :: 1919909028] Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, said the White House had not received a report on the Mueller report on Sunday, and on Friday, press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "The next steps are with Attorney General Barr and we look forward to the process taking its course. "

Nadler:" Executive privilege can not be used to conceal misconduct "

9:40 am: The New York City Deputy Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, which has the power to initiate impeachment, said the president could not exercise an executive privilege to cover it up. "Misbehavior n.

"Executive privilege can not be used to conceal misconduct," Nadler said Sunday morning by NBC's "Meet the Press," citing the precedent of Richard Nixon, who was forced by the Supreme Court to make tape recordings and recordings others upstream materials, after trying to claim the executive's privilege during Watergate.

"The president may try to apply it, may try to hide things behind it," the New York Democrat added, "but I think so not that it's true or [will] is successful. "

Nadler said that public information about Mr. Trump had already been damaged, regardless of the results of the Müllers Report, citing a White House conversation each year In 2017, the president allegedly told former FBI director James Comey to hire former national security adviser Michael Fly "Loosely" later pleading guilty to lying to law enforcement officials, and agreed to a collaboration on Mueller's investigation.

Trump tweets for the first time since the report submitted

8:16: The president broke a 40-hour silence with Twitter on Sunday morning with two early-morning items:

Mr. Trump is in Washington at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Sunday night.

The House Justice requests the DOJ to keep documents related to the investigation

. The House Judiciary Committee has interviewed the Ministry of Justice, the FBI, and the Ministry of Justice, a special law office for keeping all records related to Müller's investigation. Democrats will track this information as they try to make the report public as much as possible.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said in an interview with CBS News that the Judiciary Committee should testify to Mueller "to bring facts and understand his theories and why he refused to make things like the prosecution."

"We know there were glitches in our election, we need to know why and how it happened, we have a choice around the corner," Cummings said Saturday.

Barr and Rosenstein work all Saturday. 19659009] Barr did not present any of his key conclusions to Congress on Saturday.

He and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were detained in the Ministry of Justice together with their chief advisors, who read and process the final report of the Special Representative, a DOJ official. The official said that "very few" people in the building had access to the report but did not specify the exact number. The official also declined to let Barr or Rosenstein take him home overnight.

It is expected that Barr will present the report by the end of the weekend, as he had promised in his letter to the House and Judiciary Committee.

Will Müller summoned by Congress?

Will Robert Müller be summoned by Congress?

CBS News & # 39; Paula Reid said that Müller is likely to be summoned by Congress.

Barr will decide how much of Mueller's report should be published, based on national security interests and on the policy that the Department of Justice has no details of why a person is not being prosecuted. Members of Congress, however, can summon Mueller to testify, and therefore receive more information about the investigation in Russia from the Special Adviser himself.

"I expect that he will eventually be summoned and confirm sources near Mueller that he will comply with this summons," said Reid on Saturday at the CBSN.

Mueller could be called in closed hearings to testify, or in the interests of transparency, the Congress could hold open hearings, as was the case with Michael Cohen February.

"Regarding what he can and can not say to Congress, much of the Department of Justice's traditional policies are the information that can be classified or covered by executive privileges," Reid said.

Mueller remained largely out of the public during the entire Russia investigation. The Office of the Special Representative has rarely commented on the media.

"If he said in Congress what I think is quite likely, it would be a blockbuster," Reid said.

Further Investigations Are Underway

Although the Special Prosecutor's Examination has been completed, investigations are continuing in Congress and before federal and state courts.

US Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Californian Democrat, has extended the parameters of the committee's investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections. The chairman of Parliament's judicial committee, Jerry Nadler, has launched a full investigation into whether Mr. Trump is obstructing justice by firing Comey. In early March, the Judiciary Committee requested documents from 81 corporations and individuals, from the White House to Donald Trump Jr. and CFO Allen Weisselberg of Trump Organization.

The US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York has also opened investigations into Mr. Trump and the Trump organization.

Former US attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Mr. Trump in 2017, said "CBS This Morning" this week that unlike Mueller's Southern District is not being blocked from further investigation by Justice Department policies. "You can view crime as you see fit," Bharara said. "They can initiate a lawsuit against anyone they believe needs to be righteous, they do not care about how powerful you are, they do not care what party you're from, they do not care what Their assets are you They are tough and aggressive and independent. "

The Attorney General of the State of New York has also initiated investigations into Mr. Trump's business dealings.

Analysis: The absence of indictments indicates that Muller did not find a "conspiracy of collusion". 19659077] Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School and an employee of CBS News, said "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the absence of further charges "would suggest that [Mueller] found no conspiracy of collusion" ,

"You can not scare off alone, and if there are collusion, you would expect other people to be charged," Turley said. "The policy is that you can not accuse a sitting president, but that does not apply to other people."

The Department of Justice's guidelines dictate that a sitting president can not be charged. Allies of Mr. Trump in Congress have pointed to the absence of further charges as evidence that the President has not committed misconduct. However, several former officials of the campaign and administrative authorities were charged in the context of Mueller's investigations.

"But let us duly explain to the administration that if the special representative has not found any collusion, this is a confirmation for the president," Turley said. "It does not mean that he has acted adequately, it does not even mean that the Special Adviser has not found any evidence that could be criminal, but it clearly indicated that he does not believe that criminal proceedings are pending." [19659083] Why the Mueller Report could be good news for Trump

What does the Mueller Report mean for Trump?

President Trump's lawyers have "the expectation" that Mueller's final report for President CBS News will be good, Major Garrett said Saturday.

"They believe in the end that there will be no new charges, the report is done, the Special Representative's office is essentially closed and they believe not only legally but above all politically that the President is found though not very clear, "said Garrett.

One reason why the final report could be good news for Mr. Trump is that the Special Adviser did not press for a personal conversation. Instead, Mr. Trump sent the Special Prosecutor a series of written answers. In addition, White House lawyers provided more than 20,000 documents and several consultants were interviewed.

"The question now is whether Congress can go any further – if there is any way left that Miller could not – [and would] .. Do you have more powers than Robert Müller? Probably not," said Garrett.

A Brief Timeline of Investigation

Müller's investigation has spanned several countries and Trump employees over the last two years.

Here are some keys dated from the Mueller probe:

2013: The FBI conducts interviews with Trump partners Paul Manafort and Carter Page, which deal with deals with foreign actors.

2014: The Internet Research The Agency (IRA) traces Russia's efforts to intervene in the US political system, including the presidential elections of 2016.

July 2015: The FBI opened during its investigation into the use of private email servers by Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.

September 2015: The FBI becomes aware of the Russian hack in DNC and tries to inform DNC.

June 9, 2016: Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump, Jr., meet in the Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised Hillary Clinton "filth." The meeting was organized by Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, the publicist of pop star Emin Algarov. Goldstone told Trump Jr. that the information came from the Kremlin

. October 7, 2016: WikiLeaks publishes news stolen from the personal email account of John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

January 6, 2017: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is releasing a released version of a highly sensitive report accusing the Kremlin of organizing a differential campaign of influence to "discredit" President Trump's electoral chances help if possible Secretary Clinton. "Both President Obama and President Trump will be briefed on the report. Both are also being briefed on a 35-page dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who claims the Kremlin has received compromising information about elected President Trump.

January 20, 2017: [Donald909] Donald Trump is sworn in as 45th President. CBS News reports that investigators are reviewing the business relationships between Trump employees and Russia and tracking the finances of some hackers associated with attacks on US political organizations. Manafort's Namesurfaces

February 14, 2017: At a private meeting in the Oval Office, President Trump asks FBI director Comey to close the investigation against Flynn. Comey has documented the meeting in a memo. Trump said in the meeting to Comey: "I hope you see your way clear to let go, let flynn go." He adds, "He's a good guy, I hope you can let that go." Comey answers and agrees that Flynn is "a good guy".

March 20, 2017: FBI Director James Comey, who testified before the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed the existence of a federal state investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

May 9, 2017: President Trump fires FBI director James Comey.

May 17, 2017: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints Robert Müller as Special Adviser to oversee a "thorough and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election." It also authorizes Mueller to "investigate any matter that may arise or result directly from the investigation" and "other matters" under the special rights treaty.

October 30, 2017: Former Trump Helpers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are charged with conspiracy and money laundering, among other things. The same day, George Papadopoulos confesses to false statements made to the FBI and agrees to work with the federal investigators.

December 1, 2017: Michael Flynn confesses to wrong statements to the FBI and agrees to work with the Special Adviser.

February 16, 2018: The Ministry of Justice announces charges against 13 Russian nationals and three companies for operating a sophisticated network that interferes in the 2016 US election and supports the US candidacy of Donald Trump [19659003] February 23, 2018: Rick Gates pleads guilty to lies and conspiracy against the US

April 4, 2018: Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan of Skadden Arps becomes a member Sentenced 30 days in prison and fined $ 20,000 for misinforming investigators about his work for Ukraine.

August 21, 2018: The federal jury condemns Manafort eig criminal cases including tax fraud. The court states that in 10 other points that Manafort

faces on August 21, 2018, there is a mistrial: Michael Cohen pleads guilty to violating the campaign finance laws and other charges. He says the president has instructed him to make payments to two women during the presidential campaign to prevent them from publicly discussing matters that she is reported to have had with Mr. Trump

on September 7, 2018: George Papadopoulos is convicted Two weeks imprisonment in prison and nearly $ 10,000 for the lie of federal investigators.

March 13, 2019: Manafort is finally convicted by the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia. He will be jailed for over seven years for being convicted in Virginia and the District of Columbia.


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