UPDATED 3/23: A meeting was held by House Democrats late Saturday, but no conclusion was released by Barr. Fox News reported:
Fox News has also confirmed that House Democrats, meanwhile, began a conference call at approximately 3:10 p.m.E.T. Saturday with “chairs of relevant committees” discussing next steps regarding the Mueller report and messaging. New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries will host as Caucus Chair, and attendees will include Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff, as well as Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters.
It’s been a long time coming. Now Attorney General William Barr is at center stage with much of the world clamoring for full transparency and release of the Mueller report on the special counsel’s investigation into possible Russian collusion. The left is alternately despondent and enraged … with Democratic leaders in a hastily scheduled meeting aimed at coming up with a response.
AG Barr is intended to reveal the main conclusions of the report Saturday afternoon or evening. A Fox News source at the White House said of Barr’s top-line release, “It will hit what is on everyone’s minds — no parsing of words, no games.”
Another source told Fox News that Barr is “likely to report on Mueller’s main conclusions between 3pm and 5pm ET today.” This was not to be.
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller provided his final report on the investigation to Barr. A DOJ official called the report comprehensive. The news that there would be no further indictments was met with relief by conservatives and with abject dismay on the part of those on the left.
Extreme leftist politicians and media personalities for the last two years have been issuing almost daily assurances to their faithful that the proof of Trump collusion with the Russians was “indisputable” and that the end of the Trump presidency was nigh.
This weekend, some of the reactions from progressives are mindful of the agony the left displayed following the 2016 Trump election. MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow was unable to hide her emotions as she reported the news. MSNBC host Chris Matthews was angry that Trump, his family, and his “henchmen” would not face criminal charges from the special counsel.
Issuing the report on Friday, Mueller effectively ended the investigation. Immediately upon receiving it, Barr notified congressional leaders that he would provide a summary of the probe’s findings to them as soon as this weekend.
Facts supporting the conclusions will take longer to come out due to some materials that may be classified or that are subject to executive privilege.
House Democrats are said to be conducting a conference call this afternoon of key committee chairs to determine next steps and to identify party messaging for the sake of consistency and positioning.
Some parties are desperately seeking to obtain the full, unredacted Mueller report.
Fox News reported: “The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wrote in an emergency complaint filed in a Washington, D.C., federal district court that the ‘public has a right to know the full scope of Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and whether the president of the United States played any role in such interference.’
“The lawsuit continued: ‘The public also has a right to know whether the president unlawfully obstructed any investigation into Russian election interference or related matters. The requested records are vital to the public’s understanding of these issues and to the integrity of the political system of the United States.'”
Meanwhile, Wikileaks has launched a 7-day fundraising effort to provide a $1-million reward, “used to facilitate the full publication” of the Mueller report.
ANNOUNCE: @WikiLeaks launches $1m goal for the full publication of the 'Mueller report'. All contributions to over the next seven days (from now until Friday 29 March 23:59 GMT) will be exclusively used to facilitate the full publication of the report. https://t.co/MsNZhrTzTL pic.twitter.com/buyvw1Yvs1
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 22, 2019
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