Five things we've learned about the Mueller report

Significantly, however, the report also says that Mueller's investigation "also does not exonerate him".

The long-awaited report by Robert Mueller made no judgment on whether President Trump obstructed justice but William Barr, the U.S. attorney-general, said in a letter to Congress that Mr Trump would not face any charges.

But Mr Barr said that the evidence outlined in Mr Mueller's report "is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence".

The Democratic heads of six House committees wrote a joint letter to Barr Friday, saying, "If the Special Counsel has reason to believe that the president has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the Justice Department has an obligation not to hide such information".

The primary aim of Mr Mueller's investigation was to uncover whether any Americans - including members of President Donald Trump's campaign team - conspired with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

But on Sunday, it was Robert Mueller who Trump owed for a rare bright spot in his administration.

"It's better than I expected", Rudy Giuliani said, adding that he would have a statement on the matter soon.

With the Mueller probe running its course, the various congressional investigations into possible Trump team connections with Russian Federation may enter the spotlight.

Democrats nearly immediately raised questions about the report's finding about obstruction.

They called for the full release of the report, as well as documents backing up its findings, and have promised to subpoena any information they do not get.

That signals there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates on the issue of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to help ensure the Republican businessman's surprise election win against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mueller handed in his report last Friday. The special counsel ultimately declined to "make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" as to whether the president committed obstruction of justice, leaving the decision to Barr.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman says Congress needs to hear from Barr about his decision and see "all the underlying evidence".

Several lawmakers including 2020 presidential hopefuls like senators Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker vented on Twitter, saying a mere summary by a Trump ally was insufficient.

The summary said one of the two main ways Russian Federation tried to influence the election was through the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a St. Petersburg-based "troll factory" allegedly controlled by Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. "To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this", Trump told reporters on Sunday before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida.

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 advisor Michael Flynn and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Barr's chief of staff called White House counsel Emmet Flood at 3 pm Sunday to brief him on the report to Congress.

Trump and his team still face legal risks even if the report does not find that they committed crimes, and congressional Democrats on Saturday vowed to keep looking into his activities. That makes it hard to make a case that Trump had the "corrupt intent" that would be needed to prove an obstruction charge, Barr said in his letter.

Those investigations could now shift to issues involving emoluments and potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump's business empire, especially as Trump and close allies still face federal investigations in NY.

Related Articles

  • Pinterest Eyes April IPO to Capitalize on Hot Market for New Stocks

    Pinterest Eyes April IPO to Capitalize on Hot Market for New Stocks

    Pinterest monetizes its website through advertisements, which it places among the "pins" that users put on the site. Bloomberg first reported the Uber news on Thursday while the Wall Street Journal first reported the Pinterest news.
    Priyanka Chopra Gets Candid About Phone Sex With Nick Jonas

    Priyanka Chopra Gets Candid About Phone Sex With Nick Jonas

    Some chalked her absence up to her pregnancy while others speculated that something was awry between the famous friends. Priyanka brushed off the speculation with a laugh. "Oh my God.
    Kylie Jenner on Being Self-Made: 'There's Really No Other Word to Use'

    Kylie Jenner on Being Self-Made: 'There's Really No Other Word to Use'

    When one fan tweeted: 'I genuinely hope @khloekardashian meets someone one day that treats her with the respect she deserves. Her little girl looked adorable in a cozy cream sweater paired with a thick headband covered in delicate flowers.
  • How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.
    Jordan Peele's

    Jordan Peele's "Us" Sets Opening Weekend Record for Original Horror Film

    Brie Larson's Carol Danvers remains a force at the box office, crossing $900 million in ticket sales globally . The female-fronted tentpole added another US$34 million, taking its domestic tally past US$320 million.
    Republicans and Democrats brace for renewed battles over Mueller report

    Republicans and Democrats brace for renewed battles over Mueller report

    Shortly after, he followed up with a more traditional Trump Tweet, "Make America Great Again!" President Trump has denied any collusion and disparaged the investigation as a "witch hunt".
  • Islamic State eliminated in Syria

    Islamic State eliminated in Syria

    This was the last part of Syria that was under control of the terror group and would-be terror state. SDF leaders including both men and women sat watching.
    Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

    Man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

    Prosecutors said Sayoc began searching for the homes of some people targeted as early as last July and continued into the fall. He faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and possibly as much as life behind bars at his scheduled September 12 sentencing.
    Cristiano Ronaldo fined for celebration in Juventus Champions League win

    Cristiano Ronaldo fined for celebration in Juventus Champions League win

    Manchester United and Tottenham , who have played in the US and in Europe in past tournaments, will also play in Asia this summer. Juventus have confirmed their participation in the event with the official programme to be unveiled on March 27.
  • Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

    Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

    The president also claimed Wednesday that Mueller's "best friend is Comey, who's a bad cop", referring to James B. And now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote? That's a tremendous victory.
    ‘Sincere Empathy’: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern Image Display on Dubai's Burj Khalifa

    ‘Sincere Empathy’: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern Image Display on Dubai's Burj Khalifa

    Qureshi reminded that the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim sentiment by populists in the West had led us to this place. At the same meeting, New Zealand FM Winston Peters assured that Muslims in his country would feel safe and secure.
    Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

    Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

    Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won't stop it from protecting macOS users. Casey , Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems.