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House Democrats press on with investigations after Mueller report release
They’re dissatisfied with how much information was redacted from special counsel’s report

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, still wants “comprehensive testimony from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s Russia investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump might be claiming vindication with the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia report, but House Democrats are moving forward with their investigations of him and people in his orbit.

Democrats quickly expressed their dissatisfaction with how much information Attorney General William Barr redacted from the report released Thursday.

Trump-Russia collusion: What the Mueller report says — and doesn’t say
Mueller found ‘evidence of numerous links’ between campaign and Russians but not enough to support conspiracy

Pages of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which was printed out by staff in the House Judiciary Committee's hearing room on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III uncovered “evidence of numerous links” between Donald Trump campaign officials and individuals with or claiming ties to the Russian government, according to a redacted version of his final report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

But Mueller declined to charge any of those campaign officials under conspiracy, coordination, or campaign finance laws for their contacts with Russians, because the evidence didn’t reach a prosecutable threshold.

Barr says he has no problem with Mueller testifying before Congress
Pelosi and Schumer call for special counsel to appear before House and Senate

Attorney General William Barr testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on the Justice Department’s fiscal 2020 budget request on April 9. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he had no problem with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III testifying before Congress about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election or possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

“I have no objection to Bob Mueller personally testifying,” the attorney said at a news conference before the release of Mueller’s 400-page report.

Rep. Matt Gaetz taunts Rep. Adam Schiff with PENCIL Act
GOP congressman’s bill acronym repeats Trump’s insult of Intelligence Committee chairman

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., named a new bill targeting Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff the PENCIL Act after President Donald Trump called the Democrat “pencil neck.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Matt Gaetz wants to codify one of President Donald Trump’s taunts into federal law.

The Florida Republican filed a bill Wednesday that would boot Rep. Adam Schiff from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Dems unlikely to help Cohen get reduced sentence for more information
Senior Oversight Democrat says panel is willing to see more material from ex-Trump lawyer, but ‘without any strings attached’

Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, is sworn in before testifying to the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update April 6, 2019, 11:55 a.m. | Adds response from Michael Cohen attorney Lanny J. Davis.

House Democrats would gladly collect and listen to new information from President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who told lawmakers in a memo Thursday that he can provide new evidence to support his claims that the president has committed multiple crimes while in office.

House Democrats authorize subpoena for full Mueller report
Chairman Nadler plans to keep subpoenas in back pocket unless AG Barr refuses to cooperate

Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., received authorization from the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to subpoena the full Mueller report. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Judiciary Committee authorized Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Wednesday to subpoena the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence, directly confronting Attorney General William Barr, who has indicated he intends to withhold some information from Congress.

The resolution passed by a party-line 24-17 vote in the committee Wednesday also authorized Nadler to subpoena five Trump officials who no longer serve in the White House: former White House Counsel Don McGahn; former chief political strategist Steve Bannon; former White House communications director Hope Hicks; former chief of staff Reince Priebus; and former White House lawyer Ann Donaldson.

Capitol Ink | Subpoena Blossoms

Trump slams Puerto Rican officials, calls Nadler a hypocrite
Rep. Beyer alleges that Trump is ‘lying’ about how much aid has gone to island

Hurricane survivors receive food and water being given out by volunteers and municipal police as they deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump continued his attacks Tuesday morning on Puerto Rican leaders over hurricane aid and blasted a top House Democrat over what he described as hypocrisy over special Justice Department investigations.

Trump fired off a number of tweets Monday night blasting Senate Democrats for shooting down a disaster relief bill over their concerns it provided too little for the hurricane-torn U.S. commonwealth. In one of those evening tweets, the president made the claim — yet another without support — that Puerto Rico was set before that measure was even crafted “to receive more hurricane relief funding than any ‘place’ in history.”

At Michigan rally, Trump accuses Dems of ‘poisoning’ country with Mueller probe
President claims ‘total exoneration’ even though special counsel saw signs of obstruction of justice

Supporters wave caps as they listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on April 28, 2018 in Michigan. He was back in the state for another rally on Thursday night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump wasted no time at his second re-election rally taking a victory lap in the wake of Attorney General William P. Barr revealing a lengthy Justice Department did not find a criminal-level conspiracy between his 2016 campaign and Russians.

The president lashed out at congressional Democrats, saying they “have now got big problems” because, after accusing him and his associates of colluding with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, they have broken their “trust” with the American people with a “sinister effort to undermine our historic election victory.” He accused Democrats of “poisoning” American democracy because “they refuse to accept the results of one of the greatest presidential elections — probably, No 1. — in our history.”

Trump veers off post-Mueller ‘no collusion’ victory message as conservatives worry
WSJ editorial board, others warn president to drop legal effort to nix Obamacare with no replacement

President Donald Trump pauses to talk with reporters before departing the White House last week. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning veering from topic to topic and enemy to enemy, again stepping on a victory with other messages.

He and his surrogates could have seized on a common message after Attorney General William Barr sent Congress a summary of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report that found no criminal-level conspiracy between his 2016 campaign and Russia. They could have used that messaging blitz to more forcefully counter Democrats who are loudly noting Mueller, according to Barr, opted against exonerating Trump on obstruction of justice.