McConnell blocks Dems' demand for immediate release of Mueller report

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The report explains that the Special Counsel and his staff thoroughly investigated allegations that members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and others associated with it, conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr informed Congress that Mueller had concluded that President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

While Barr and Rosenstein were quick to come to this conclusion-the one which Trump appears to be tweeting about-it does not mean that there was no obstruction of justice at all, nor does it mean that Mueller's report exonerates Trump.

But Mueller's report hasn't dissuaded some of Trump's fiercest critics among the new Democratic lawmakers who helped flip the House from Republican control. The longer it takes to release the full findings from Mueller, the more Democrats, in particular, warn they will question the legitimacy of Barr's actions.

The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

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A grand jury that was involved in the Russian Federation investigation is "continuing robustly", federal prosecutor David Goodhand said Wednesday during a hearing over whether court filings in the Mueller probe should be unsealed related to an unidentified foreign corporation that had refused to turn over documents to the special counsel. Barr said he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, did not consider that fact in determining that Trump didn't obstruct justice, but it's not clear whether Mueller had. At his direction, the White House and the Trump Campaign gave investigators over 1.4 million pages of documents.

White House aides did not hide their glee, signalling that Trump is now free to hit the 2020 campaign trail with his message that an angry left conspired to try and bring down a leader too strong to be tackled any other way. It's time to move on.

At the same time, however, Republicans followed Trump's lead in looking into how the investigation began. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler promises investigative hearings, including calling Barr to testify. But asked on Monday if Mueller had acted honourably, Trump said: "Yes". Still, he said the investigation was legitimate and had to happen in order to answer questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Some are in no mood for forbearance and are urging the GOP leadership to push turnabout investigations into the alleged Democratic origins of a deep state conspiracy against the president.

In a statement, central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he believes the report should be released as completely as possible to put to rest accusations of collusion.

Six of those were former insiders in Trump's circle, and five have been convicted, including Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, his national security adviser Michael Flynn and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort. "And if not, why have so many members of Trump's campaign plead guilty to lying about meeting with the smoke monster?"

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