The Mueller report may be complete, but the political fallout over the summary of the report’s findings is just beginning. U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday reportedly agreed to testify before a congressional committee on April 9.
President Donald Trump is lauding the conclusion as a “total exoneration,” saying the investigation amounted to an “illegal takedown that failed,” though he also said he felt special counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably. The report concludes that the Trump campaign did not illegally conspire or coordinate with Russia on that country’s election-meddling efforts. Mueller did not make a recommendation on whether or not the president obstructed justice by attempting to block the investigation.
“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Mueller wrote, according to Barr. However, Barr and assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein say the Justice Department did not find enough evidence to warrant obstruction of justice charges.
The report set off a political firestorm on both sides of the aisle, with Democratic members of Congress vowing to bring Barr before Congress and push for a release of Mueller’s full report.
“Attorney General Barr has the authority to make the full Mueller findings public with minimal redactions. He must do so as quickly as possible. The ‘summary’ document he provided today creates more questions than it answers, particularly with respect to obstruction of justice by the president. The American people – who for two years have waited patiently for the Mueller investigation to conclude – deserve the full truth in Special Counsel Mueller’s own words,” said Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D).
On Monday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, currently an attorney at Thompson Coburn, joins “Chicago Tonight” with legal analysis of the document.
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