After the long-awaited arrival of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report for the Russian Federation investigation and a letter from Attorney General William Barr summarizing some of its key findings, President Donald Trump responded with a celebratory March 24 tweet saying, "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION".
In another letter last week, Barr said he was consulting with Mueller over how much of Mueller's full report can be released, and that he expected a redacted version of the report would be released "by mid-April".
The New York Times and the Washington Post reported that some investigators were unhappy with the way Mr Barr had described their findings, in a sign of tensions between some members of Mr Mueller's team and administration officials overseeing the report's release.
Especially when it's already known that Mueller's report has some info that will make the president look bad - because Barr said so, noting that Mueller found "evidence on both sides of the question" of obstruction.
Barr has said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that Mueller's evidence was insufficient to support an obstruction allegation.
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In a party-line vote, the committee voted 24-17 to approve a resolution authorizing subpoenas for Mueller's report, including accompanying exhibits and other attachments, as well as its underlying evidence.
It seems clear some people in Mueller's office (the whole team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI investigators and additional staff didn't comment to the press) felt the need to fire a warning shot at Barr: He won't get away with covering anything up, especially if he tries to misrepresent what they said. Nadler said he will give Barr time to change his mind on redactions, but if they can not reach an agreement they will issue the subpoenas "in very short order".
"We are entitled to that information and we need that information", Mr Nadler told reporters on Thursday.
Also unknown is how many members of Mueller's team have expressed concern over the matter. For days, he has pronounced the outcome of the investigation a "complete and total exoneration" and called for the Justice Department and his allies on Capitol Hill to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for opening the inquiry.
The demonstrations, organized under the banner "Nobody Is Above the Law", came as the House Judiciary Committee prepared to subpoena the report and supporting information if Barr did not voluntarily release the documents.
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Trump continued: "I was going to call him, I don't know him well, I was going to say, 'Welcome to the world, Joe". Mr Biden stressed he has only ever meant to build a "human connection", rather than make anyone uncomfortable.
Democrats demanded to see the entire report, underlying evidence and materials.
Democrats believe the report may contain additional examples of Russian attempts to contact Trump's campaign.
Nadler said Tuesday he was "not committing" to waiting for Barr to release the report he's working on before issuing a subpoena, saying subpoenas would be used "as necessary" and he wanted to see what cooperation the committee gets first from the attorney general. "In Mueller's defense, one could argue that Trump may have obstructed the investigation at a time when the investigators had reason to believe that maybe a crime was committed".
The Times' lede paragraph was demolished by Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel, who pointed out that the story was based on the words of anonymous "government officials" and "others" who were "familiar" with what the Mueller "investigators" told their "associates".
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