Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's hands

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Evan Vucci

The special prosecutor handing in his report with no new names to be added to the 37 indicted during Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump in the 2016 campaign.

Nadler, however, said the president was misrepresenting the findings of the summary authored by Barr, who the New York Democrat accused of making "questionable legal judgments".

"The only information the Congress and the American people have received regarding this investigation is the Attorney General's own work product", the chairmen said in the lengthy statement in which they cast doubt on Barr's impartiality.

McConnell objected this time saying he wants to give Attorney General William Barr and Mueller time to complete their investigations and because Barr has committed to make as much of the report public, but he shouldn't be rushed.

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Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill celebrated Mueller's conspiracy conclusion, arguing that it vindicated the president.

Nadler, in a statement with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, said it was "unacceptable that, after Special Counsel Mueller spent 22 months meticulously uncovering this evidence, Attorney General Barr made a decision not to charge the President in under 48 hours", and did so without interviewing Trump. "That's up to the attorney general".

"Given Mr. Barr's public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report", they state.

This interpretation is further supported by Barr's discussion of the obstruction allegations.

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According to a senior White House official who spoke with the Washington Post, a "feeling of euphoria" overcame Trump staffers on Sunday, as they celebrated what they interpreted as a clean slate from the Mueller investigation. But only Barr's determination of key findings from the special counsel's report ― not the report itself ― has been released to the public.

While he "did not establish" that members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, Mueller punted the decision on whether to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the president to the attorney general.

Later Monday, when CNN's Wolf Blitzer had Swalwell on his program despite Trump's best effort, Swalwell spit in his eye, telling Wolf, "if he believes I" m not being truthful, or the other persons aren't being truthful, then sue us.

Barr and Rosenstein "concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense", the AG wrote in his letter Sunday.

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