Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (file photo)
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (file photo)

It's time to move on: Graham after Barr's Mueller report summary

ANI | Updated: Mar 25, 2019 03:11 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar 25 (ANI): It is time to move on and govern the country, US Senator and senior Republican Lindsey Graham said on Sunday while hailing Attorney General William Barr's principal conclusions of the Robert Mueller investigations.
"I have just received topline findings from Attorney General Barr. Good day for the rule of law. Great day for President (Donald) Trump and his team. No collusion and no obstruction. The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report," Graham tweeted.
"Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down," he said, outrightly showing his support for the US President.
"Great job by Mr Mueller and his team to thoroughly examine all things Russia. Now it is time to move on, govern the country, and get ready to combat Russia and other foreign actors ahead of 2020," Graham added.
The now culminated 22-month long Mueller investigation into Russian interference in 2016 Presidential elections - which saw Trump come into power - found that neither Trump nor his associates conspired with Russia to influence the elections.
Even though Mueller found that Russian government actors did indeed seek to influence the elections, he did not find any evidence which suggested that Trump was involved in these efforts.
However, Mueller fell short of completely exonerating the US President when it came down to concerns regarding obstruction of justice.
"The Special Counsel's decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime," Barr's summary stated.
The Attorney General, on the hand, made the decision to not prosecute Trump in relation to an obstruction-of-justice offence
"After reviewing the Special Counsel's final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence," Barr said.
Trump's legal team and most Republicans have readily welcomed the findings of Mueller's investigations - the very same that Trump decried on various occasions.
The Democrats, on the other hand, have alleged discrepancies and called for full transparency. In fact, the Chair of the US House Committee on the Judiciary, Jerrold Nadler, has announced that he will be calling Barr to testify before the committee in the "near future".
"There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work," Nadler tweeted.
"Special Counsel Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ," he highlighted.
"In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future," Nadler lastly announced on Sunday. (ANI)