Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Romney 'sickened' by Trump administration 'dishonesty' exposed by Mueller report

Romney 'sickened' by Trump administration 'dishonesty' exposed by Mueller report

The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last us presidential election, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.

United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department for Attorney General William Barr to hand over the full report by Mr Mueller by May 1, saying he can not accept a redacted version that "leaves most of Congress in the dark".

Mr Mueller's report says he found no criminal conspiracy between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, but could not reach a concrete legal conclusion on whether Mr Trump tried to obstruct the investigation.

Mr Mueller's 448-page report, the product of a 22-month investigation, built a broad case that Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, although it did not exonerate him.

"To ignore a President's repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country", she said.

In early morning tweets on Friday, Trump called it "the Crazy Mueller Report" written by "Haters" and filled with statements that "are fabricated & totally untrue".

While the president, according to people close to him, did feel vindicated by the report, he also felt betrayed by those who had painted him in an unflattering light - even though they were speaking under oath and had been directed by the White House to co-operate fully with Mueller's team.

"First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favoured presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton".

Also on Friday, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's North America Department, Georgy Borisenko said when asked comments on Mueller's report that "the report confirms the absence of any arguments to the effect Russia allegedly intervened in the US election". "We, as before, do not accept such allegations", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law", Mueller wrote.

Any impeachment effort would start in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but Mr Trump's removal would require the support of the Republican-led Senate - an unlikely outcome.

Democrats meanwhile have demanded action against Barr, arguing that Mueller's report undercut some of the attorney general's key claims about the obstruction issue and the White House's cooperation with the investigation.

In its top-line conclusions, the redacted report suggests that the Trump campaign "showed interest" in Wikileaks' release of information, and that an individual whose identity is redacted did "forecast to senior Campaign officials that Wikileaks would release information damaging to candidate Clinton". "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment", House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer told CNN.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison following his conviction on financial fraud charges.

Other Democrats in Congress, as well as the party's 2020 candidates, have avoided saying whether they believe Trump should be impeached so far.

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