Trump claims exoneration by Mueller report, Democrats charge obstruction

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William Barr says Mueller found 10 cases of possible Trump obstruction ahead of report's release

"As the special counsel's report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a honest belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks", Barr said.

A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation probe will be released Thursday, set to trigger a new round of feud between the White House and Congressional Democrats. The report describes, however, a consistent effort by Russian Federation to help Trump win the 2016 election, mostly on social media. Details of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation reveal that he was unable to conclude whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice - though it found that "Congress has the authority to prohibit a President's corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice".

Barr's refusal to provide Congress with the full report - and his statement to senators last week that he believed "spying did occur" against the president's 2016 campaign - pointedly declined to refute charges that Mueller's investigators were engaged in a "witch hunt".

His comments came in a news conference in advance of the public release of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent almost two years and some $25 million investigating.

"In assessing the president's actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context".

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The president's lawyers have said Trump's conduct fell within his constitutional powers, but Mueller's team deemed the episodes deserving of criminal scrutiny.

Barr spoke to the media before the justice department handed over copies of a redacted Mueller report to Congress. But the report said: "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state". Still, the attorney general said Mueller stopped short of exonerating the president of obstructing justice. He says he wants Robert Mueller to testify in person to understand his findings.

We should all see the full report and then judge Barr's alleged pre-spinning. He will be accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the investigation after Mueller's appointment in May 2017. "Absolutely no. I think the American people - many of them feel betrayed", he says.

File Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving for Alabama to survey areas devastated by powerful tornadoes, in Washington D.C., the United States, on March 8, 2019. But Mueller's 22-month investigation did turn up numerous instances of the president trying to prevent investigators from carrying out their mandate - and it suggests that he might have been successful were it not for his own aides ignoring his directives.

The president's opponents said that difference was evidence that Mr Barr, who was appointed by Mr Trump, chose to defend him rather than apply the law as he was bound by duty to do.

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Moments after Barr finished speaking, House Judiciary Chairman Nadler sent a letter requesting that Mueller himself testify before his panel "no later than May 23".

The report included an appendix that contained 12 pages of Trump's written responses to the special counsel.

Mueller is known to have investigated multiple efforts by the president over the last two years to influence the Russian Federation probe or shape public perception of it.

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