The conclusion of the Mueller study on whether Trump cooperated with Russia in the election has been submitted. And Mueller's report will be governed by rules written in the wake of the Starr report. We explain.
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WASHINGTON – Members of Congress continued to wait for Sunday for lawyer William Barr to provide a summary of conclusions from a nearly two-year Russian investigation into the 2016 election. Barr told lawmakers on Friday that he could release the results as soon as the weekend.
Democrats have raised concerns that officials may try to limit access to the report to a few few – the eight Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress and the Key Committees – known as the Eight gang.
"Don't Think You Can Bury This Report," said Adam Schiff, D-Calif., President of the House Intelligence Committee, on ABC's "This Week." "Don't think you can bury the evidence secretly by breaking eight people in the congress and say that we have emptied our responsibilities, it will not cut it, so it is important that the report be made completely public. "
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Despite the results, the Democrats have promised to continue their own investigations.
Republicans criticized the Democrats' ongoing probes and said that the Mueller study focused on deciding whether there was conspiracy or interaction between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 elections.
"We haven't seen any of it", said Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the highest Republican in the House Oversight Committee, also on ABC's "this week".
Jordan said Democrats had said Mueller was the right person to carry out the investigation.
"He is the best person we can choose. He is right next to Jesus. He can almost go to water," Jordan said. "He will get the final statement on the basic question … but all indications are that there will be no conclusions of any interaction."
The house's democratic leader held a conference call with the members on Saturday afternoon calling on members to press for access to the report.
Leaders of major house committees led by Democrats said Sunday investigations will continue, including one looking at Trump's finances and other aspects of his presidency.
The Justice Committee recently launched a study on whether Trump was trying to prevent justice or abusing its powers and requesting documents from 81 "agencies, entities and individuals" linked to the administration and Trump's private companies.
The House Intelligence Committee announced that it would investigate Russian intervention in the 2016 elections and Trump's foreign financial interests.
"Congress's work is much broader than the special council's work. The Special Adviser looked and can only look for crimes," said Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox "News Sunday." "We have a much broader mandate and we must exercise that mandate to protect the integrity of the government and protect the integrity of freedom and the country."
Republicans beat the Democrats to continue the investigations and called it as part of a "fishery mission."
"They do not believe this Mueller's report will be the bombshell, they predicted it would be so now they launched all kind of other accusations, all other investigations, "Jordan said,
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, agreed.
One day after Special Adviser Robert Mueller completed his Russian investigation, President Donald Trump spent Saturday in Palm Beach on his Mar-a-Lago farm and golf at his golf club. (March 23)
"If anyone believes that the Mueller report is ending, the end of the Democrats' attempt to bring down President Trump, they have not been aware of the last two years," he told CNN's "Union State" .
Parliament overwhelmingly supported a resolution in March for legislators to get a copy of the full Mueller report. However, the Senate blocked the action.
Some Republicans also called Sunday for full access to the report.
"I want to see everything," says later Marco Rubio, R-Fla., On NBC's "Meet the Press." "What was the underlying criminal prediction for the entire investigation."
He also told Trump to support transparency, "The best thing for the country and for the president is that this probe should go ahead and be completed."
Despite earlier talks by some Democrats trying to reproach Trump, Nadler and Schiff Sunday said it was too early to talk about impeachment.
"Our mandate is not to punish the president or any such," Nadler said. "Our mandate is to defend the rule of law and to confirm our constitutional freedoms and to pick up the institutions that have been weakened by the attacks of this administration."
However, the Republicans said that Democrats support their call to impeachment and have every intention of trying to abstain from Trump.
"What they basically say is they will impeach presiden t to be Donald Trump," Cruz said. "And they don't care about the evidence."
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