And it exposes a persistent campaign by Mr. Trump to meddle in and block Mr. Mueller's investigation, as it declines to exonerate the President of obstruction of justice.
Shortly after that, Mr. Trump told his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to tell Mr. Sessions to limit Mr. Mueller's investigation to considering Russian interference in future elections only. Officials from around Washington responded to what they know so far, many indicating a growing mistrust of Attorney General Barr.
BARR, saying it was "consistent with long-standing practice" for him to share a copy of the redacted report with the White House and president's attorneys before its release: "Earlier this week, the president's personal counsel requested and were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released".
After months of anticipation, the Department of Justice on Thursday released special counsel Robert Mueller's report on "sweeping and systematic" Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. "Congress now bears the solemn constitutional duty to excise that cancer without delay".
"We're accepting apologies today, too", Conway told reporters, adding that Trump watched Barr, talked to his lawyers and was in "a great mood". Mr. Trump repeatedly asked Mr. Sessions to "unrecuse" himself and threatened to fire him if he did not. Anything less is unacceptable. "Trump also denied having any business in or connections to Russian Federation, even though as late as June 2016 the Trump Organization had been pursuing a licensing deal for a skyscraper to be built in Russian Federation called Trump Tower Moscow", the report says. He blames Democrats and the media for stirring controversy. And it says Trump had been agitated by the investigation from the start, reporting that he reacted to Mueller's appointment by saying it was the "end of his presidency".
BARR, asked if Mueller intended for Congress, not the attorney general, to decide whether Trump obstructed justice: "Well, Special Counsel Mueller did not indicate that his goal was to leave the decision to Congress".
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The report refers to "a representative of that foreign government". But, the report says, they ultimately decided there was not enough evidence to show they "wilfully" broke the law and they might have had problems proving the information offered on Clinton was really valuable. The report, however, says no such thing.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told KIRO 7 that Barr is not following his oath of office. "The attorney general seemed nearly to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, his emotions", Wallace said.
"There's many parts of it that are disturbing, and we continue to digest it", Ferguson said.
The president has, shall we say, a loose relationship with the truth. Most importantly, the vote was not affected.
The Oval Office scene that day is vividly reconstructed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, released overnight. Schrier said that she is not taking Barr's conclusion - that Trump did not collude with Russian Federation - as the truth just yet. But his legal intent may have been to obstruct justice. "I can tell you that the behavior is not befitting of the office, it is not respectful of the office of the presidency or of the American people". "I have no reason to believe, based on his actions since he became attorney general, that he is going to be fair in this matter. He very clearly is trying to protect the president". She wants to see O.J. Simpson-style hearings, live on TV, and on a daily basis, to make people aware of the criminality that she sees all around. He notes that the famous Starr report into President Clinton was not provided to the president before it was available to everyone else. Not so in this case. I think it validates the decisions that we made, certainly in July of 2016 to start the initial Russia-focused investigation and then, of course, the decisions that we made in May of 2017 to include the president in the investigation, personally.