'NO COLLUSION': GOP celebrates after Mueller report clears Trump of allegations

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Mueller's team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed almost 500 search warrants, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses, as the special counsel employed 19 lawyers and was assisted by a team of 40 federal agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other professional staff.

Barr's letter reported to Congress that Mueller found no evidence Trump campaign staffers assisted with Kremlin-backed efforts to interfere in the hotly contested 2016 presidential campaign.

The Kremlin on Monday said President Vladimir Putin was ready to improve ties with the United States following the release of Barr's summary and called on the United States to formally recognise there was no collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan declined to comment on the NY probes but has told a federal judge it is still investigating campaign-finance violations committed when Cohen helped orchestrate six-figure payments to a porn actress, Stormy Daniels, and a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, to keep them quiet during the campaign about alleged affairs with Trump.

The president is returning to Washington after spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

"The conclusions of the Mueller investigation are a disgrace for the United States and its political elite".

The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller.

Mueller's 22-month investigation ended with a finding that no one in Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated with the Russian government", according to Barr's four-page summary of Mueller's confidential report.

Did not imagine a world where they were able to indict Aunt Becky before Donald Trump.

"I appreciate Attorney General Barr's diligence in providing a summary of the Special Counsel's conclusions so quickly", Collins said.

"I think that the president is doing exactly what he should and that's leaving that decision into the hands of the attorney general and we'll see what decision he makes on that front", Sanders told NBC's "Today" programme.

The Special Counsel took up the question after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey over the Russian Federation investigation and after Comey claimed that Trump had asked him to stop investigating his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

Pelosi and Schumer on Sunday accused Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, of neither being a "neutral observer" nor in a position "to make objective determinations about the report", citing Barr's "public record of bias" against the Russian Federation investigation.

Republicans will use their interpretation of the AG's letter to characterize further Democratic efforts to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation as a fishing expedition by sore losers.

In a brief discussion of why Barr and Rosenstein decided not to bring an obstruction charge, Barr noted that Mueller had found no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation on Russia's election meddling efforts. At the time, Cohen was looking for information about whether Trump might consider giving him a pardon.

Barr said their decision was based on the evidence uncovered by Mueller and not affected by Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president can not be indicted.

In fact, Barr had no such obligation to make the final call to exonerate Trump, legal experts said.

Any evidence that the president may have, Wyden said, should be made public.

The special counsel's investigation did not come up empty-handed.

The US attorney for the Southern District of NY, for instance, has an open investigation into campaign funding violation in the payment of hush-money to women who claimed to have had affairs with the president in which Trump was implicated by his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen. Now, she said, Barr must release as much of the report as possible, provided he protects national security sources.

Most of the other Democratic contenders offered a far simpler message, calling for the release of Mueller's full report - a safe play, politically, as polls show Americans are largely on their side. The question now is whether all - or parts - of the report will be made public, which is up to Barr. Last year, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions tapped U.S. Attorney John Huber to review a range of Republican grievances, including concerns about the FISA warrant. But we now have cause to worry about the future of the norms that Mr. Trump could trash on a calculation that he could get away with it.

And although Mueller's probe has concluded, criminal cases related to it are ongoing.

Instead, Barr said, Mueller laid out the evidence he found on the subject.

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