March 24, 2019 10:35 PM
Shortly after a summary of a Special Counsel investigation conducted by Robert Mueller was released by the U.S. Attorney General's Office, Minnesota's two Democratic Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, requested the full investigative report be released publicly.
The two senators joined a growing list of Congressional Democrats who want the entire investigative report released to the public so citizens can see "how and why" Mueller concluded there would be no criminal charges against President Donald Trump after a two-year investigation into allegations the president had cooperated with Russia to sabotage the 2016 presidential election.
The Special Counsel report said there was no evidence to support, beyond a reasonable doubt in court, Trump colluded with the Russian government to interfere with the election and the report also did not find enough evidence to prosecute the president for obstruction of justice.
The recommendation from Mueller is seen as a legal victory for Trump, but a University of Minnesota political expert told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the President's legal battles are far from over.
Larry Jacobs teaches in the U of M's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
"There are still three ongoing Justice Department investigations into three of President Trump's closest advisors during his 2016 campaign," said Jacobs. "So, this is not the end of the investigation into the president, but it does clear him of any criminal wrongdoing with the Russian collusion investigation."
The three former Trump campaign strategists under investigation are Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Michael Cohen, who was the president's personal attorney.
"No one knows what will come out in those investigations," said Jacobs. "President Trump clearly had a good day with the release of the Mueller report, but he has a long way to go before he can claim total legal victory over those who've accused him of criminal behavior."
Jacobs told KSTP he also expects Democrats to push for full release of the Mueller investigation which could include legal action and the possibility of a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Democrats, if they don't find any criminal activity in the full report, will be looking closely at how and why Mueller came to his conclusions," said Jacobs. "There could be things in there unfavorable to the president and those around him and some ethical questions the Democrats would pursue if those questions are there in the full report."
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said his office is reviewing which portions of the Mueller report can legally be released to the public and which part of the Mueller report could not be legally released to not compromise the other federal investigations underway.
Updated: March 24, 2019 10:35 PM
Created: March 24, 2019 09:24 PM
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