This morning, President Donald Trump declaring a political victory after a nearly two-year-long investigation. Robert Mueller concluded that there was “no collusion” between the president or his campaign with Russia, but the report falls short of exonerating Trump.
Democrats now pushing for a full report.
A vindicated President Trump made his way back to Washington to a changed political landscape.
“This was an illegal takedown that failed.”
Moments before Trump departed Florida Sunday, Attorney General William Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress outlining the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Barr writes that after 22 months, “the special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
Trump saying, “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this.”
Barr also notes Mueller’s report falls short of absolving the president, going on to say, “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
The president, who has spent the last two years decrying the probe as a witch hunt, is now celebrating the findings as a complete victory, saying, “So, it’s a complete exoneration; no collusion, no obstruction.”
But, the battle is not over. Democrats are demanding Barr release the full report.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says, “I intend to fight for that transparency. We will ask the attorney general to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.”
Nadler has threatened to subpoena Barr and take the matter all the way to the Supreme Court if he refuses.
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer also calling into question Barr’s impartiality saying in part, “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias… he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.”
Barr says he’ll sit down with Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to see how much of the report he can make public.
Sources tell ABC News that process can take days if not weeks, given all the classified information.