The Latest: Trump lauds outcome of Mueller report
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia report (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference “could not have been better.”
Arriving at the Senate to meet with Republicans, Trump falsely claimed Mueller’s report found “no obstruction, no collusion.”
Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he did not make a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice. That’s according to a summary of Mueller’s report from Attorney General William Barr.
Republican leaders showed support for the president. Trump was flanked during his remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. When Trump entered the private weekly lunch, Republicans could be heard applauding.
Mueller concluded his two-year investigation last week.
The House Judiciary Committee has approved a Republican request to demand documents from the Justice Department about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s claim Justice Department officials discussed using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
McCabe has said the discussions happened after former FBI Director James Comey (KOH’-mee) was fired in May 2017. The Justice Department has responded that department leaders believed there was no basis for invoking the amendment, which enables Cabinet members to oust a president.
McCabe has said he worried investigations into Trump’s Russian ties and possible obstruction of justice would be shut down.
Democrats supported the resolution Tuesday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he supported the Republican effort because he wants to know “what prompted such alarm” among officials.
Trump has suggested key officials involved in the Russia probe engaged in “treasonous” behavior.
President Donald Trump says he welcomes the special counsel’s report but complains that he has been abused by a long, unnecessary investigation.
Trump also told reporters Monday that he believes some people have done what he called “treasonous things” and will be “looked at.”
An outline of the special counsel’s report found no Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government but left to Attorney General William Barr the question of obstruction of justice.
Congressional Democrats say that Barr’s decision that there isn’t sufficient evidence to establish obstruction by Trump isn’t the last word and are pushing for the release of the full report. They also are vowing to continue their multiple investigations into the president’s .
Six House Democratic committee chairmen are asking for the full report by April 2.