A top Senate Democrat on the Judiciary Committee conceded in a conference call with reporters Saturday that when the special counsel's principal findings are released by Attorney General William Barr, there may well be cause for celebration among President Donald Trump's supporters - many of whom have stood by the president for more than two years amid a torrent of unproven allegations that the Trump campaign illegally conspired with Russian Federation in the 2016 election. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement to her Democratic colleagues in advance of their call asking that any briefings about the Mueller report be "unclassified so that members can speak freely about every aspect of the report".
"It's the end of the beginning, but it's not the beginning of the end", Coons told reporters on a telephone conference. They also point to precedent involving the Justice Department providing 880,000 pages of internal material previous year to the House as part of the GOP probe into the FBI's Hillary Clinton investigation - as well as the department providing records to the Hill over the Watergate probe.
Democrats also want all of Mueller's evidence, including interview transcripts and documents.
On the call, Democrats argued that the public will is overwhelmingly on their side for full transparency, pointing to public opinion polls to make their case.
"Americans deserve to know the full truth about the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election", said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of the left-leaning advocacy group Common Cause. Barr said Friday in a letter notifying the Judiciary Committee that he had received Mueller's report that "I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend". President Trump has inflicted enormous damage on the rule of law and on our democratic norms, but to date the system - Trump calls it the "deep state", the rest of us call it constitutional government - has held. Mueller delivered his full report to Barr on Friday. The Democrat-controlled House also continues to pursue its own investigation into the President's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, said, "The attorney general has said he intends to provide as much information as possible". The former Federal Bureau of Investigation head has already referred several cases to career prosecutors at the Justice Department - and may have made other referrals that aren't public yet.
Even with the details still under wraps, the end of the probe without additional indictments by Mueller was welcome news to some in Trump's orbit who had feared a final round of charges could ensnare more Trump associates, including members of the president's family. He's also been implicated in a potential campaign finance violation by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who says Trump asked him to arrange the transactions.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump.
The Justice Department has a policy that sitting presidents can not face criminal charges.
But that doesn't mean Democrats are done with the Mueller investigation.
USA intelligence agencies concluded shortly before Trump took office in January 2017 that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Clinton and helping Trump.
Barr, who first served as attorney general in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, told lawmakers on Friday that he is "committed to as much transparency as possible".
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