Department of Justice: Mueller report doesn't clear Trump or find crime

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"I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend", Barr wrote.

The person said Pelosi told Democrats "the takeaway" from the call is that the American people "deserve the truth". "The watchword is transparency", Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a joint statement. "The American people have a right to know everything".

We already know how Republicans and Democrats will spin it.

Political analysts expect the Mueller report to have a significant impact on the 2020 presidential campaign - how Democrats might be able to use it stop Trump being reelected and how Trump could use it if he is cleared of wrongdoing.

He previously led the Justice Department during the administration of President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, during which time he was Mueller's boss, when Mueller was in charge of the Criminal Division at DOJ.

We also know of Trump's pattern to discredit and dislodge the investigations into him and his associates by, among other things, pressuring then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself, imploring his White House counsel to fire Mueller, firing FBI Director James B. Comey, publicly trashing the prosecution while Manafort's trial was ongoing, concocting false conspiracy theories (e.g., President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, the FBI misleading the FISA court), suggesting one of his potential allies take over the Southern District of NY prosecution from which he had already recused himself, drafting a misleading account of the Trump Tower meeting and refusing to sit for an interview with Mueller.

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Mueller's investigation is known to have concluded without a recommendation for further indictments after having snared almost three dozen people, senior Trump campaign operatives among them.

Under Department of Justice regulations, Barr is empowered to decide how much to disclose publicly.

Photographers tracked the movements of Attorney General William Barr as he left home this morning. We have yet to find out whether, but for Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting president, Trump would have been charged with obstruction or other crimes. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said during a Sunday appearance on CNN's State of the Union with Dana Bash that it is crucial the report is released. He has worked with prosecutors to provide them with information in a separate investigation into Trump's inaugural committee, something he hopes will reduce his three-year prison sentence. And No. 2: "I know if I'm here, he's not going to say anything bad about me".

Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has the power to issue subpoenas.

None of those charges directly related to the allegations of collusion between the campaign and Moscow - allegations that President Trump has always denied. As of Friday evening, the White House had not received or been briefed on the report.

Much of the apparent action so far has been out of the powerful, insular US Attorney's Office in Manhattan.

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