Trump declares 'Game Over,' but Democrats vow more investigations

Posted April 20, 2019

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russian Federation probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.

Barr also noted Mueller's investigation did not establish that the president was involved in an underlying conspiracy with the Russians, and argued this undermined the evidence of intent to obstruct. He served as commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission and had deep roots with the Republican party, including spending a decade as general counsel of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Trump repeatedly asked Mr. Sessions to "unrecuse" himself and threatened to fire him if he did not.

In June of that year, Mueller wrote, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the probe, and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest.

Now, when I interviewed Deripaska, he said that the last communication he or any of his representatives had with Paul Manafort was back in 2010 or 2011. "As far as I can tell, they wanted so badly for collusion to be true, for the downfall of American democracy and failure of the Trump presidency, that they would say and do anything to make it true".

"Special Counsel Mueller's report paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behaviour and acting as if the law doesn't apply to him".

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Attorney General William Barr could have buried Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report deep in the recesses of the U.S. Justice Department and simply told the public that President Donald Trump would not face criminal prosecution. "We regret that documents of such quality have a direct influence on the development of U.S. -Russia bilateral relations which are not in the best shape as it is", said Peskov.

"It's probably there [in the counterintelligence investigation] that maybe not collusion but maybe a sense of being compromised might emerge", he said.

"Another mystery here for me is, why did Bob Mueller not recommend charges against Donald Trump Jr. given the absolute montage of evidence against him?" the Democratic senator said. Worse, implicit in Barr's spin is the idea that the president's "sincere belief" was true - that the investigation was illegitimate - an inference belied by the report's detailed account of Russian election interference and of Trump campaign-Russian contacts. In the most fevered version, Trump is an agent of Vladimir Putin in the White House.

Trump, driven by both racism and corruption, really does not want to allow migrants from Central America into the country to apply for political asylum, and simply does not accept that both USA law and worldwide agreements give them that right.

Mueller laid out multiple episodes in which Trump directed others to influence or curtail the Russian Federation investigation after the special counsel's appointment in May 2017.

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Talking points went out to Trump allies while his supporters' phones buzzed with text messages from the campaign looking to raise money off Thursday's developments. The California lawmaker said the report failed to deliver the "imaginary evidence" incriminating Trump that Democrats had sought.

He praised the White House's cooperation with the investigation and said Trump's public and private efforts to interfere with the probe could have been fuelled by a "sincere belief" that the investigation was "propelled by his political opponents and fuelled by illegal leaks".

Not so fast, replied prominent Democrats - as they vowed to continue investigating the Republican president over what they said was "dishonest" and "immoral" conduct revealed by the two-year-long Russian Federation probe.

A powerful USA congressional committee has issued a subpoena for an unedited version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, with redactions, as released on Thursday, April 18, 2019, is photographed in Washington. Nadler said on Thursday.

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