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Political world explodes after Mueller’s Special Counsel confirms no collusion between Trump Campaign and Russia


This news story was published on March 25, 2019.
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Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The political left and right exploded this weekend after Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel found that President Donald Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia, but left the door open to possible obstruction of justice issues.

Attorney General William Barr on Sunday, March 24, 2019, released a 4-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 2-year investigation into allegations of collusion between the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian government:

The Special Counsel’s Report

On Friday, the Special Counsel submitted to me a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. 600.8(c). This report is entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” Although my review is ongoing, I believe that it is in the public interest to describe the report and to summarize the principal conclusions reached by the Special Counsel and the results of his investigation.

The report explains that the Special Counsel and his staff thoroughly investigated allegations that members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, and others associated with it, conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, or sought to obstruct the related federal investigations. In the report, the Special Counsel noted that, in completing his investigation, he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.

The Special Counsel obtained a number of indictments and convictions of individuals and entities in connection with his investigation, all of which have been publicly disclosed. During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action. The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public. Below, I summarize the principal conclusions set out in the Special Counsel’s report.

Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. The Special Counsel’s report is divided into two parts. The first describes the results of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government in connection with those efforts. The report further explains that a primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation was whether any Americans including individuals associated with the Trump campaign — joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election, which would be a federal crime. The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities. ” [1]

[1] In assessing potential conspiracy charges, the Special Counsel also considered whether members of the Trump campaign “coordinated” with Russian election interference activities. The Special Counsel defined “coordination” as an “agreement–tacit or express–between the Trump Camparusign and the Russian government on election interference.”

The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities.

The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.

Obstruction of Justice. The report’s second part addresses a number of actions by the President — most of which have been the subject of public reporting — that the Special Counsel investigated as potentially raising obstruction-of-justice concerns. After making a “thorough factual investigation” into these matters, the Special Counsel considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as “difficult issues” of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

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. Over the course of the investigation, the Special Counsel’s office engaged in discussions with certain Department officials regarding many of the legal and factual matters at issue in the Special Counsel’s obstruction investigation. 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 offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.[2]

[2] See A Sitting President ‘s Amenability to Indictment and Criminal Prosecution, 24 Op. O.L.C. 222 (2000).

In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction. Generally speaking, to obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding. In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-ofjustice offense.

Status of the Department’s Review

The relevant regulations contemplate that the Special Counsel’s report will be a “confidential report” to the Attorney General. See Office of Special Counsel, 64 Fed. Reg. 37,038, 37,040-41 (July 9, 1999). As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter. For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.

Based on my discussions with the Special Counsel and my initial review, it is apparent that the report contains material that is or could be subject to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which imposes restrictions on the use and disclosure of information relating to “matter[s] occurring before [a] grand jury.” Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)(2)(B). Rule 6(e) generally limits disclosure of certain grand jury information in a criminal investigation and prosecution. Id. Disclosure of 6(e) material beyond the strict limits set forth in the rule is a crime in certain circumstances. See, e.g., 18 U.S.C.

401 (3). This restriction protects the integrity of grand jury proceedings and ensures that the unique and invaluable investigative powers of a grand jury are used strictly for their intended criminal justice function.

Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the 6(e) material that by law cannot be made public. I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel in identifying all 6(e) information contained in the report as quickly as possible. Separately, I also must identify any information that could impact other ongoing matters, including those that the Special Counsel has referred to other offices. As soon as that process is complete, I will be in a position to move forward expeditiously in determining what can be released in light of applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.

As I observed in my initial notification, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of’ notifications to your respective Committees “would be in the public interest.” 28 C.F.R. 600.9(c). I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.

Sincerely,

William P. Barr
Attorney General

President Trump

President Donald Trump responded to the news with a series of tweets, one reading, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

Politicians on both sides of the spectrum released statements in the wake of the summary of Mueller’s Report. Democrats are calling for the entire report to be released and for testimony under oath before Congress by key figures in the investigation.

McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding Sunday’s letter from Attorney General Barr to Congress on Special Counsel Mueller’s report:

“I thank the Attorney General for promptly advising the Congress of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions in this matter. consistent with his Friday letter to the Congress.

“The Special Counsel’s conclusions confirm the President’s account that there was no effort by his campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

“However, Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia’s activities in this regard. And I look forward to the continuing work of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the threats posed to our democratic institutions by foreign interference.

“I appreciate the Attorney General’s commitment to continue to review the record in this matter over the coming days. in conjunction with Special Counsel Mueller, with the goal of producing as much information as possible, consistent with the law. I look forward to reviewing that information.”

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement regarding Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller report:

“Attorney General Barr’s letter raises as many questions as it answers. The fact that Special Counsel Mueller’s report does not exonerate the president on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay. Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.

“And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.

“Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise. The American people have a right to know.”

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37 Responses to Political world explodes after Mueller’s Special Counsel confirms no collusion between Trump Campaign and Russia

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

    We’d like to see all the reports on Elizabeth Warren made public. Along with many other congressmen and women and senators let’s get all the dirty laundry out there so all Americans can see what all the Congress and the Senate are up to as well as the lobbyists let’s get in their background checks too….

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

    This was such a blatant coup attempt that this has to be fully investigated and people prosecuted. There is no other recourse and we American citizens should expect no less. Trump had to wait for this to play out or else he might have been accused of obstruction. Now he and his people are free to pursue criminal and treasonous charges….

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    If you are still democratic socialist you my friend are an idiot!!

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    Northeast Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    The Democrats will have to keep some type of investigation going. Any kind of investigation for as long as it takes, until they can get something to fit their narrative.

    I hope they keep up their busy work at the taxpayers expense. It sure doesn’t bother them to throw away our money.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    This was just a high stakes chess game hosted by the Orange Dragon to snare the deep state tyrants. Don’t have to be a wizard to figure this one out. Known as operation ORANGE FLAME>

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 26, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Dems had a hard time accepting that Trump won in 2016 and now more pain was dealt; so may be time to build more bridges for them to jump off of!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    OMG what a rectal pummeling for the libtards, they’ll be walking side to side for weeks

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    A political witch hunt at best!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    The orange monster and his people are still under investigations in various local, state, and federal jurisdictions for any number of crimes, scams, and conspiracies.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Thieves are in charge of Democratic socialist party, like in former Soviet Union. Very scary. Vote Republican. Trump 2020.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Trump2020. Thank God! This man has stood up to the crazy insane ranting of democrats and people that are less important than they think they are. True AMERICANS back Trump and his administration

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Mueller cost us $25 million. What about all the evidence against Hillary. DNC, Obama, FBI on emails, dossier, FISA, and uranium? Do something about that

    2800 Subpoenas, 500 witness, 675 days, 19 LEFT WING Lawyers AND NOTHING!!! Democrats will look very stupid to continue but they will.

    Now let’s start a real investigation …. I want the DIRT ON ALL OF THESE DAMN DEMOCRATS …..

    Judicial Watch has compiled large amounts of documents that will put deep state out of business.

    And now we know the meaning of FAKE NEWS. To those news channels that have been adding fuel to a fire that never existed and who have been making wishful thinking conclusions with a definitive political leaning, you have inflicted immeasurable hurt on our country.

    How do the people who’ve been forcing and pushing for these investigations to continue plan to pay the taxpayers back for the money they’ve wasted on these go no where investigations? This is a prime example of fraud, waste and abuse of government funds/resources. Somebody call the fraud, waste and abuse hotline! Hell, everybody call the damn hotline and start reporting EVERY Elected “Representative” that took part in demanding the investigations continue for this long.

    Idiots need to face the facts. Trump got in because the previous president sucked. Need to investigate..

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      Try backing up you clumsy “rants” with actual shown facts and not the opinions yanked out of your butt-hole.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Inverstigations into Hillary over the years cost us over $100 million and no indictments whatsoever. Now you want to spend more? What a dumbass.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2019 at 9:22 am

        You notice the crooked media is so quiet about this? But they roasted Trump’s son, and he was not guilty. What has happened to fairness on today’s media? You had one person crying because after all her lies, negative news stories weren’t true…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    When this thing started,Mueller was one step away from sainthood,according to the dems,now he’s the devil because after two years he didn’t arrive at the conclusion they wanted. They “CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”

    NEW-They already formed their opinion that Trump was guilty, and they expected the investigation to fit that narrative. You draw a conclusion from the investigation not before. Basic common sense. They simply can’t believe that Trump won the election fair and square. They just can’t accept that fact. They need another reason why he won. Grow up children. You lost- get over it. And you will lose by larger margins in 2020 with all the Democratic radical proposals you are spewing.

    It’s common knowledge now that the whole thing was conjured up by DNC opposition toadies… just like it’s common knowledge that Hillary took millions from Russia and sold out our uranium stores. Yet trumps under investigation, Clinton’s aren’t and she’s bitching about a cover up!? Let’s find out why Hillary and Clinton foundation not being investigated for “pay-to-play” corruption and there you’ll find a coverup

    The cover-up was that the Democrats knew from the beginning the Trump Russian Collusion was a hoax. They prolonged the investigation to keep suspicion of Trump being guilty to sway the 2018 elections in favor of the Democratic Congress. Had it been formally reported that there was no Collusion I do not think the Democratic Congress would gain any new seats. I hope those that voted Democratic are angry that they have been tricked. This has been the most scandalous conspiracy in my lifetime.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Then release the full report and not a BS four page summery by a political hack covering for the clown-in-chef.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 26, 2019 at 10:35 am

      When all this started, and up until Sunday the right was saying Mueller was the devil and he belonged in jail. Now that his report has come in, you think he is a saint. Hypocrites?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    The cover-up was that the Democrats knew from the beginning the Trump Russian Collusion was a hoax. They prolonged the investigation to keep suspicion of Trump being guilty to sway the 2018 elections in favor of the Democratic Congress. Had it been formally reported that there was no Collusion I do not think the Democratic Congress would gain any new seats. I hope those that voted Democratic are angry that they have been tricked. This has been the most scandalous conspiracy in my lifetime…

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      What? You missed all the crooks indicted and convicted crooks that Mueller took care of? Tis ain’t over by longshot.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2019 at 8:41 am

        Demoncrats campaign, illegals first, more taxes, free, vote at 16, give illegals social security, no voter ID, more Supreme Court seats, Trump not on ballot, open borders, no opiate crisis, no border crisis, collusion. Collusion. Collision, after 2 years , Mueller must be Russian …. And the people supporting the sitting president of the United States of America who wants America first are against the country…. Wow

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2019 at 9:23 am

        Trump’s election did not create liberals hatefulness, it merely exposed it

        Anyone who still supports Democrats is a FOOL!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    It’s common knowledge now that the whole thing was conjured up by DNC opposition toadies… just like it’s common knowledge that Hillary took millions from Russia and sold out our uranium stores. Yet trumps under investigation, Clinton’s aren’t and she’s bitching about a cover up!? Let’s find out why Hillary and Clinton foundation not being investigated for “pay-to-play” corruption and there you’ll find a coverup.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Overlooking all the proven facts on all the people with hostile foreign connections all throughout the T-monsters journey. T. Tower meeting about Ruskie adoptions lie.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    They already formed their opinion that Trump was guilty, and they expected the investigation to fit that narrative. You draw a conclusion from the investigation not before. Basic common sense. They simply can’t believe that Trump won the election fair and square. They just can’t accept that fact. They need another reason why he won. Grow up children. You lost- get over it. And you will lose by larger margins in 2020 with all the Democratic radical proposals you are spewing…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    How do the people who’ve been forcing and pushing for these investigations to continue plan to pay the taxpayers back for the money they’ve wasted on these go no where investigations? This is a prime example of fraud, waste and abuse of government funds/resources. Somebody call the fraud, waste and abuse hotline! Hell, everybody call the damn hotline and start reporting EVERY Elected “Representative” that took part in demanding the investigations continue for this long…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Judicial Watch has compiled large amounts of documents that will put deep state out of business.

    And now we know the meaning of FAKE NEWS. To those news channels that have been adding fuel to a fire that never existed and who have been making wishful thinking conclusions with a definitive political leaning, you have inflicted immeasurable hurt on our country.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Mueller cost us $25 million. What about all the evidence against Hillary. DNC, Obama, FBI on emails, dossier, FISA, and uranium? Do something about that

    2800 Subpoenas, 500 witness, 675 days, 19 LEFT WING Lawyers AND NOTHING!!! Democrats will look very stupid to continue but they will…

    Now let’s start a real investigation …. I want the DIRT ON ALL OF THESE DAMN DEMOCRATS …..

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You really meant to say Communist Party has wet sno rags and shorts. TOOOOOO FUNNNNNNY !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Nancy needs to eat a pack of decon and wash it down with some isobar windshield fluid, what a piece of shit evil human being. I know she pegs chicks an he enjoys that slot but the rest of us are over the wonder twins, we the people need the ability to fire without a drawn out process. The silent majority need to start speaking up in America or we will go through dumb shit like this forever. Yes there are more pro 2a anti illegal immigration people than liberal tears if you don’t believe that you must love fake.media numbers or be idiot college kid who thinks their generation is gonna change the world, you may ruin it but noting more. Real American adults need to take control again and ‘re children and retards need to sit back down.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

    So…… impeach Mueller, he’s a waste of time money and energy and he stole from us, burn the man at the stake along with the rest of the socialist scum bags… I mean democrats.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Idiots need to face the facts. Trump got in because the previous president sucked. Need to investigate the treasonous members of Congress that considered against him and take them out and get rid of them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am

    How do the people who’ve been forcing and pushing for these investigations to continue plan to pay the taxpayers back for the money they’ve wasted on these go no where investigations? This is a prime example of fraud, waste and abuse of government funds/resources. Somebody call the fraud, waste and abuse hotline! Hell, everybody call the damn hotline and start reporting EVERY Elected “Representative” that took part in demanding the investigations continue for this long.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am

    And now we know the meaning of FAKE NEWS. To those news channels that have been adding fuel to a fire that never existed and who have been making wishful thinking conclusions with a definitive political leaning, you have inflicted immeasurable hurt on our country.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      How’s the weather over there in the USSR, comrade?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 26, 2019 at 8:32 am

        The only traitors here are people like you.