Release as 'much of Mueller report' as possible: Graham
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Mar 26, 2019,
Mar 26, 2019, 0:45
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday called to open new investigations into Hillary Clinton's campaign after special counsel Robert Mueller declined to indict President Donald Trump in the Russian Federation investigation.
That decision has generated considerable pushback from those who suggest Trump named Barr the attorney general because Barr had written a memo criticizing the obstruction of justice portion of Mueller's probe.
Furthermore, the report explored accusations that Trump obstructed justice by his actions during the investigation, like firing FBI Director James Comey. It's not clear how much of the evidence Barr and Rosenstein were shown before Friday.
Trump fired then-FBI Director James B. Comey in 2017 amid the FBI's Russian Federation investigation that was a precursor to Mueller's special counsel appointment.
"To those who were abusive of the process in 2016 on the other side, you haven't had much scrutiny, but that's coming", Graham added.
"It's not true", she said, before casting doubt on AG Barr's letter. "The American public needs more than a four-page summary from the President's hand-picked Attorney General to determine the scope of the Mueller investigation's findings".
For Democrats who have spent 22 months building up Mueller's credibility, it was a jarring setback. Mueller's full report has not yet been released to Congress or the public; Congress voted 420-0 that the Justice Department release the report to them in full. "This resulted in the final determination being made by the Justice Department without providing a fuller outline of its reasoning, a fact that I expect will leave a large segment of the American people with deep concerns".
Barr told congressional leaders that Mueller did not find evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with his campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russians in their efforts to influence the presidential election despite multiple offers from "Russian affiliated individuals".
The news nevertheless lifts one of the many clouds hanging over Trump's head right as Democrats are vying with each other to take him on in 2020. But he is warning Trump not to pardon any associates convicted during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Graham said he will be speaking with Barr at noon and wants him to testify before his committee.
By far, however, the greatest indignity suffered by Donald Trump even before the Mueller investigation went live was the so-called Trump-Russia Dossier, hatched by Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent.
"It is important to note that although the Special Counsel had a very narrow mandate to investigate possible White House-Russian collusion, the Oversight Committee, on which I serve, retains unlimited jurisdiction and may consider the available evidence beyond the collusion context", Lynch said in a statement.