GOP senators block motion to publish Mueller's report on Trump

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"For the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a joint statement.

In a private meeting with House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told her caucus to not trust the words of President Donald Trump's Attorney General William Barr.

President Trump suggested on Monday that he wants new investigations into the workings of the FBI and Justice Department and his political opponents.

Barr's letter did mention efforts by Russia to influence the 2016 USA election, but Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts".

He said he wants them to abandon efforts to simply repeal "Obamacare" and instead focus on a replacement for President Barack Obama's signature law. But asked on Monday if Mueller had acted honourably, Trump said: "Yes". It also does not conclude that Trump obstructed justice, but it does not exonerate him either.

The president and his allies have misleadingly claimed "total exoneration" by Special Counsel Mueller, when, in fact, the probe only said, in a report that remains confidential, no evidence was found of any collusion by Trump campaign with Russians. Barr wrote to members of Congress on Sunday that no more indictments are forthcoming from Mueller's office.

He didn't name names, but Trump has spent months railing against former Justice Department officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, accusing them of an illegal witch hunt for the objective of delegitimizing his presidency.

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The Kentucky Republican claimed the Department of Justice needs more time to determine which parts can be released publicly, The Hill reported.

"Was the counterintelligence investigation a back door way of spying on Trump?"

On Monday, after a series of evening strategy meetings, Democrats vowed to continue their multiple investigations into Trump, perhaps with shifted focus. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have encouraged him to use the political capital he's now gained to accomplish policy goals.

Graham, who spent the weekend with Trump in Florida, said his committee will probe the actions of the Justice Department.

Steele also compiled the infamous, partly unverified dossier about Trump that has been the basis of so much back-and-forth since it was published in early 2017 - and which now appears to have been undercut following Mueller's conclusion. This summary raises as may questions as it was supposed to answer.

"Lindsey, let's hope he is not watching right now, and let's hope none of your Republican voters in SC know that you were actually the one who sat and watched Donald Trump trash the memory of an American war hero for weeks", Scarborough said.

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