Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump Leaves for Mar-a-Lago Amidst Mueller Report Rumors

Donald Trump Leaves for Mar-a-Lago Amidst Mueller Report Rumors

Mueller notified Attorney General William Barr on Friday that he had concluded his probe of Russian election interference and any possible co-ordination with Donald Trump's campaign.

The fight to make Mueller's report public could be fierce and possibly spark a court battle between Congress and the executive branch.

It will now be up to Bill Barr, the United States attorney general, to decide how much of the report to release to Congress and the public.

President Trump urged the Attorney General Thursday to publicly release the special counsel's findings; saying "let it come out" and allow the American people to "see it". Over the 21-month investigation, Mueller has brought charges against 34 people, including six aides and advisers to the president, and three companies.

The White House said that the next steps are up to Attorney General Barr and President Trump had not been briefed on the report.

Congressional Democrats, who took over control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, have said they plan to push for a release of the full Mueller report and said they would subpoena it and file suit if necessary. There was no obstruction [of justice].

Framing the partisanship as it relates to the Mueller investigation as being entirely one-sided - "our president and his enablers" versus Team Mueller, which Comey portrays as "apolitical" - Comey says he believes the completion of the report will be "a demonstration to the world" that USA justice system will not be ruled by "personal interest and tribalism".

Mueller is, however, not expected to recommend any further indictments.

President Trump has insisted that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian interests, a refrain that he repeated often as he relentlessly attacked Mueller's work as politically motivated and an overreach.

Trump bemoaned that the special counsel was "best friend" to Comey, who succeeded Mueller as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

What exactly was Mueller investigating again? .

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, echoed Trump's own earlier call to release the report. He's also been implicated in a potential campaign finance violation by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who says Trump asked him to arrange the transactions.

"It's just a continuation of the same witch hunt and behind closed doors, they laugh at it", he said. Manafort in the two cases prosecuted by Mueller's team was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison. Barr may feel pressure from the Republican president to hide damaging parts of Mueller's report and release any findings that may exonerate him. He wrote that he was reviewing the report to determine what could be shared with the public and the committee.

But the biggest question for Congress may ultimately be tied to Mueller's investigation, and whether his findings spark an effort in the House to begin impeachment proceedings against the President.

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