Mueller finds no collusion between Trump and Russia, but fight far from over

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Developing now, Monday, March 25, 2019

MUELLER REPORT FALLOUT: DEMS OFFER NO APOLOGIES, FIGHT FAR FROM OVER - Democrats are not ready to move on after Attorney General William Barr released the "principal conclusions" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's completed Russia probe, which did not find evidence that President Trump or any members of his campaign team conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election. Instead, more hearings and maybe more investigations appear to be on the horizon ... Democratic leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are demanding that the entire Mueller report be released to the public and questioning Barr's impartiality.

Lawmakers are also disputing Barr's conclusion on whether the Trump campaign committed obstruction of justice. Mueller's report did not reach a conclusion on whether the Trump campaign obstructed justice, and left that decision to Barr and officials at the DOJ -- who determined there was insufficient evidence of obstruction. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler challenged Barr's determination and wants the attorney general to testify before Congress. And while Trump declared a "total exoneration", Nadler and other Democrats stressed that Mueller's report was anything but.

  • Read the Mueller report findings: Barr’s letter to Congress
  • Rep. Doug Collins: 'Where's the apology, Mr. Schiff?'
  • Five key takeaways from Mueller report summary
  • A few questions: What happens to Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone? How will Trump use Russia against Dems in his re-election campaign? Will Dems start to run away from the Russia probe in the 2020 presidential race? And without Russia collusion, what's Democrats' strategy to win back the White House?

TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS: President Trump and his legal team declared total victory Sunday following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings -- including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign -- but sought to turn the tables by renewing calls to investigate the investigators and find the genesis of what they have called a fraudulent probe... “Hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side,” Trump said. “This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side.”

NETANYAHU TO MEET WITH TRUMP: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, D.C., scheduled to meet with President Trump on Monday, two weeks before Israel's election ... Netanyahu, facing the multiple corruption investigations back home, had already been scheduled to be in Washington for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference. Besides holding a meeting at the White House on Monday, Trump, along with first lady Melania, will host a dinner for the longtime U.S. ally and his wife Sara on Tuesday. Netanyahu's U.S. visit comes days after Trump announced that the U.S. would reverse policy and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

AIPAC SPEAKERS JAB AT OMAR: Although not mentioned by name, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., clearly was on the minds of many speakers at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington ... Speaking at the conference on Sunday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland hit back at some of the most visible new Democrats in Congress: “By the way, there are 62 new Democratic freshmen in the House, not three.” Hoyer apparently was referring to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Omar. Omar drew condemnation from members of both parties last month after she suggested in a tweet that AIPAC has been paying members of Congress to support Israel. Multiple Democrats competing for the 2020 presidential nomination said last week they wouldn’t attend the AIPAC conference.

THE SOUNDBITE

'SHAME ON MUELLER' -  "Shame on Mueller for not having the guts to come to one decision or another ... I think it [the Mueller report] did an abysmal job on the issue of obstruction of justice. We, the American public, are entitled to a yes or no decision, not some law school essay on what arguments there are on both sides of this issue." – Alan Dershowitz, attorney and Harvard Law professor emeritus, slamming Robert Mueller for a "cop out" for neither exonerating nor making a conclusion in his report on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. (Click the image above to watch the full video.)

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Stay with Fox News for ongoing team coverage of the fallout from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's finding of no collusion between President Trump and Russia.

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Reaction to the Mueller report's findings in the Russia investigation with the following special guests: Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow; Alan Dershowitz; Ken Starr, former Whitewater independent counsel; Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor.

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET: An exclusive interview with Donald Trump Jr.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Newt Gingrich, Mark Levin, host of "Life, Liberty & Levin"; U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee; Jay Sekulow, attorney for President Trump.

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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas; Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst; Gianno Caldwell, Fox News political analyst.

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: "Mueller Submits His Report" - Fox News' Jon Decker breaks down the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia investigation and what will happen next. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to convince President Trump to allow his state the right to import cheaper drugs from Canada. Former FBI Director Louie Freeh tells the podcast why idea is dangerous while Trish Riley, who helped Florida write the legislation, says an international market is the way of the future. Plus, commentary by Jason Chaffetz, Fox News contributor and former Utah congressman.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Reaction to the Mueller report's conclusions with the following guests: John Dowd, former lead Trump counsel in the Russia investigation; Jason Chaffetz, Fox News contributor and former Utah congressman; Andrew McCarthy, Fox News contributor and contributing editor of National Review; Michael Goodwin, columnist for the New York Post; former U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Dana Perino, host of "The Daily Briefing."

#TheFlashback
2006: In Los Angeles, half a million people march to protest federal legislation to make illegal immigration a felony and build more walls along the border.
1965: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, is shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen.
1931: In the so-called "Scottsboro Boys" case, nine young black men are taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two white women; after years of convictions, death sentences and imprisonment, the nine would eventually vindicated.

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