In all, the report revealed 10 areas of potential obstruction, from Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey to his attempts to thwart Mueller's investigation. "There will be great political pressure on House Democrats to avoid doing so - after all, it is time to focus on the election - but it would be a mistake to allow the activities outlined in this report to be normalized and to see accountability fall by the wayside".
Mr. Barr had originally indicated almost every page of the Mueller report contained information that would need to be redacted.
On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee's "War Room" Twitter account shared videos of Republicans talking about obstruction of justice, and the clip of Sen.
Some joked that it would become Trump's 2020 campaign because it blanketed so much of the report which they suspected may have incriminated him.
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to the Justice Department demanding access to the full work product of special counsel Robert Mueller, including grand jury testimony and other material not made public. When Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, privately pointed out that the denial was untrue, the future president said "why mention it if it is not a deal?" the report said.
As for the question of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Mueller wrote that the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts".
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.
Attorney general or advocate for White House? Among the selections played: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Mueller ultimately made a decision to hand over the matter to the attorney general, who concluded there was no case for obstruction. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Vietnam War veteran may face some tough questions when he goes before that congressional committee.
The special counsel wrestled with what to do with his findings, unable to charge or exonerate, and sided with the department's guideline that indicting a sitting president would impair the ability of the executive branch to function.
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Staffers had been told by the White House to cooperate fully with Mueller's team and answer their questions truthfully.
CJR's Pope said so numerous stories surrounding Trump had been made foggy by denials and "fake news" claims over the past two years. That would have been devastating enough to those who spent the last two years or more misleading people to believe that conspiracy convictions of Trump's closest aides and family members were inevitable.
The Judicial Watch president said Trump is "attacked in the report for defending himself".
Democratic Congressmember Kim Schrier had not read the report when she spoke to KIRO Radio Thursday morning, but said that she had looked at summaries and transcripts from Attorney General Barr and that so far "nothing has surprised me".
"The media looks a lot stronger today than it did before the release of this report", Kyle Pope, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, said Friday. President Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-lago estate to spend the Easter weekend in Palm Beach, Fla.
Appearing relaxed earlier Thursday at a military event, Trump said a statue he'd been presented with as a memento would have a permanent home "at least for six years, in the Oval Office".
Some experts said Barr should have brought charges.