The White House and Congress await Mueller’s report on Russian plot

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    The White House and Congress await Mueller's report on Russian plot Kevin Downing (c), Richard Westling (i) and Thomas Zehnle, attorneys for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, leave the District Court in Alexandria, Virginia (United States) on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Jurado today declared guilty of multiple fraud charges against Paul Manafort, in a trial for which he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Manafort was found guilty of 8 of the 18 crimes of fraud attributed to him by special prosecutor for the Russian plot, Robert Mueller, after a jury in the federal court of the District of East Virginia decided so. EFE / Archive

    Washington, – Both the White House and the US Congress were still awaiting the report of special prosecutor Robert Mueller on Sunday about the contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign with the Russian authorities in the 2016 elections.

    Neither Trump nor anyone in the White House has yet received Mueller’s report or been informed of its content, said presidential spokesman Hogan Gidley, who is accompanying him this weekend at his residency in Mar-a-Lago, in Florida.

    Ever since the closing of Mueller’s investigation on the alleged plot between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign team to harm his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was announced on Friday, the president has remained silent.

    In his first tweets since then, the ruler, who has continually complained that the investigation became a cloud that has overshadowed his presidency, limited himself to greeting his followers and encouraging them to make a “big United States again” , as the slogan of his permanent campaign says.

    For the time being, Mueller’s report, which is confidential, is being reviewed by the attorney general, William Barr, and his deputy in the Department of Justice, Rod Rosenstein, who must report their findings to the White House and Congress, and at the same time decide to what extent it can be made public.

    Mueller already announced that after the closure of the investigation, which has lasted almost two years, does not plan to present more charges in relation to this issue, which, according to sources cited by the CBS News television network, has been interpreted by the lawyers of Trump as a sign that the report exempts Trump from the case.

    However, in Congress there is expectation to know the content of the report and Democrats have already threatened to reach the Supreme Court in order to access all its content.

    “It is absolutely crucial that both the full report and the evidence that supports it be disclosed to the public,” said the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democrat Jerrold Nadler, on a Sunday debate program on CNN.

    Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December after firing Jeff Sessions after repeatedly criticizing him for his handling of this investigation, which he inhibited shortly after taking office, has never committed himself to disclosing the report once it had reached your hands.

    Nadler said the Democrats will first negotiate, but they must review the entire investigation because they are confident that Trump obstructed Justice during this independent investigation.

    Although he assured that it is “too early to speculate” about the possibility of a political impeachment against Trump, the Republicans have already indicated that they are sure that whatever happens, the Democrats will try to put the president in the dock.

    “They have every intention of dismissing the president,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz said in the same program, adding that what the Democrats are basically saying “is that they are going to accuse the president just for being Donald Trump.”

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio said today that he also wants to see the report in its entirety, although for different reasons: determine whether at its root there was an “extraordinary use” of the government’s oversight power of the previous president, Barack Obama, to the campaign of Trump.

    As a result of this investigation, 34 people have been charged, including six Trump ex-advisors – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone – and 26 Russians who will probably not be judged because the US He does not have an extradition treaty with Russia.

    Mueller’s report does not include new charges or indictments under secrecy, which rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an accusation that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency, but it is possible that its content will lead to imputations filed by the Prosecutor’s Offices of other states.

    Trump has insisted that this investigation has constituted a “witch hunt” activated by the democratic opposition and has denied at all times that in the electoral campaign ahead of the 2016 elections there had been a plot between his team and the Russian government to Help him win by undermining Clinton’s candidacy (EFEUSA).

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