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As the Mueller Report Drops, a Transparency Fight Begins - Hit & Run

25 March, 2019, 00:28 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Beto O'Rourke used on March 23 their campaign rallies to demand the release of full Mueller report.

Will the much anticipated report turnout to be a "Nothing Burger", a "Something Burger" or a "SomethingNothing Burger"?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats over the weekend Americans "deserve the truth". Mueller was investigating Russian election interference and possible coordination with Donald Trump's campaign. According to the Washington Examiner, Trump was briefed fully on the report - including that Mueller recommended no further indictments - and is being kept appraised of updates to the investigation by attorneys on site.

I'm writing this on Saturday morning, while we're still in suspense as to whether the Mueller report will be released in time for the Sunday shows - but it doesn't much matter for programming purposes.

Even if DOJ chooses not to prosecute additional individuals, the underlying findings must be provided to Congress and the American people. "Why there's been no indictments we don't know", U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Political analysts expect the Mueller report to have a significant impact on the 2020 presidential campaign - how Democrats might be able to use it stop Trump being reelected and how Trump could use it if he is cleared of wrongdoing.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russian Federation investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency.

Now they want to change the rules again, or rather, ignore the rules they said were necessary.

"[Attorney General William Barr] says that the President may have acted to obstruct justice, but that for an obstruction conviction, "the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct". Barr said in his confirmation hearing in January, however, that the memo was based on what he saw in media reports.

I have wished that this whole thing was actually an investigation into the DNC-Clinton Russian collusion - and not into Trump - and that the whole thing was kept under wraps. And a significant group of them still focus around President Donald Trump. Barr and Mueller are said to be friends, and Mueller attended the weddings of Barr's children. They also point to precedent involving the Justice Department providing 880,000 pages of internal material previous year to the House as part of the GOP probe into the FBI's Hillary Clinton investigation - as well as the department providing records to the Hill over the Watergate probe.

The report, of course, concluded Mueller's almost two-year investigaiton into whether members of the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 201 presidential elections, and into whether the President himself obstructed justice in the matter.

Trump took White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Emmet Flood with him to Florida. We know Paul Manafort provided internal polling data to a Russian connected to Putin's intelligence operation. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday.


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