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President Trump in a ‘great mood’ as Washington waits for Attorney General William Barr to act on special counsel report: Sources
Alex Wong/Getty Images (PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Just after news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had finished his 22 month long investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump appeared to exhale. The president who was described by sources as being in a “great mood” spent a festive evening dining on the patio at Mar-a-Lago with First Lady Melania Trump, the first lady’s parents, and the couple’s son, Barron. At one point, the family joined by other club members sang “Happy Birthday” to Barron who was celebrating his 13th birthday. Trump told those gathered at...
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Attorney General William Barr reviewing special counsel Robert Mueller's report
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Wiliam Barr headed into work on Saturday morning to read special counsel Robert Mueller's report.The much-anticipated report was handed to the Justice Department for Barr’s review, and Congress was notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.After reviewing Mueller's report, Barr will then send what he has described as his own "report" on the Mueller investigation to the top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary committees. Barr has promised to be as transparent as possible, but it's unclear how extensive or detailed Barr's own "report" to Congress...
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2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls swing through South in quest for black voters
@ElizabethWarren/Twitter (BIRMINGHAM, Alabama) -- Massachusetts senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren pushed to galvanize black voters and local Democrats in the Delta region during her three-state tour in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, a region that has typically voted Republican in past U.S. elections."I’m running to be president of all the people. And it’s important to go around the country and have a chance to talk with people face-to-face," Warren said while kicking off her tour in front of 500 rally attendees inside Douglass High School, a predominantly black high school, in North Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday. Her tour of the...
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Man arrested for throwing glass of water at controversial Iowa Rep. Steve King, police say
Webster County Jail (FORT DODGE, Iowa) -- A man was arrested Friday for throwing a glass of water in the face of controversial Rep. Steve King at a local restaurant, police said.Blake Gibbins, 26, allegedly approached King while he was eating lunch at Mineral City Mill and Grill restaurant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He asked King if he was the congressman and then threw a glass of water on him, Fort Dodge police said in a press release. The release says others were also hit by the water, but no one was injured.Gibbins was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor...
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2020 Democrats react to Mueller report handover, urge AG Barr to make it public
Ethan Miller/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Democratic candidates running to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 reacted quickly to the news Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller had delivered his highly anticipated report to the Department of Justice. Their one consistent message: Make it public. And the stage was set for a political battle with Trump yet to come: Democratic hopefuls can be expected to use the Mueller report as ammunition to aim new political fire at the president while Trump already is trying to weaponize it as a new Democratic effort to steal his election as president. Sens. Kirsten...
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Key players in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian election interference probe
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Since May 2017, the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has been a constant presence in U.S. politics – a complex narrative that has included a rotating cast of characters and myriad plotlines. Here is a roundup of the various figures who have been connected to the investigation at various points since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. Jeff Sessions The two conversations that former attorney general Jeff Sessions had with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak – both of which happened during the campaign when Sessions was a very public...
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Trump's strategy of escalating attacks on Robert Mueller and the special counsel's investigation
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation heated up over the past 22 months, so, too, did President Donald Trump's attacks -- first on the probe itself and later, increasingly on Mueller personally. Firing off almost daily tweets, making angry, dismissive comments in photo-ops or interviews -- Trump's remarks coalesced into a relentless strategy to discredit Mueller's investigation, as he's said countless times, as nothing more than a "witch hunt" and a "hoax." As of late, the president has sought to undermine Mueller, a former deputy attorney general and FBI director himself, in the American public's...
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On Capitol Hill, both Democrats and Republicans demand Mueller report be made public
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The demands for complete transparency on Friday came quickly -- from Democrats and Republicans alike. Almost immediately after news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller's report had been handed over to Attorney General William Barr, members of Congress called for the whole report to be made public. “Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress. Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any...
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On 'The View': 'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg says he wants to reach the 'whole country' in a long-shot bid for president
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- In the two months since he announced a presidential exploratory committee, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has risen to relative prominence in a crowded 2020 field by appealing to the "whole country," beyond the liberal silos that Democrats tend to focus on in presidential races. "An election is supposed to be about our whole country and we can't just concentrate on those areas where people, for the most part, already agree with us," he said on ABC's "The View" on Friday. "If they have a somewhat different set of values, if they know what you have to...
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Trump remains defiant as he awaits Mueller report
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Within minutes after word came on Friday that Robert Mueller’s report had been handed over to the Department of Justice, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said officials there had "not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel's report " that could prove critical to the future of Donald Trump's presidency. "The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course," Sanders tweeted, referring to William Barr, who in a letter to Congress said "I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be...
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Mueller report handed off to Department of Justice; won't recommend any further indictments, a senior official says
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's much-anticipated report – the product of nearly two years of investigation – will not include any further indictments, according to a senior Department of Justice official. The report was handed to the Justice Department for Attorney General Bill Barr’s review, and Congress has been notified of the transfer late Friday afternoon, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman. According to federal regulations, the special counsel's final report should be "a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel." After reviewing Mueller's report, Barr will then send what he...
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Trump takes political offensive against Mueller report: 'People will not stand for it'
Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- While President Donald Trump's lawyers are preparing a legal defense to what might be in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, Trump himself is already casting the fight in stark political terms, arguing unelected bureaucrats were trying to "make a determination on my presidency." He's now repeatedly gone on the offensive against Mueller and the man who appointed him -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein -- trying to discredit their legitimacy by arguing they "never got a vote" and have no business sitting in judgment of him since millions of voters elected him president. In an...
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