LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - President Donald Trump declared victory after Attorney General William Barr released the main findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election investigation.
In all, Mueller's investigation resulted in charges against 37 people and entities, with seven people pleading guilty and five sentenced to prison.(Source: ZUMA Press/MGN)
“It was a complete and total exoneration,” Trump said. “It’s a shame our country had to go through this.”
There’s now a growing call for the attorney general to make all of the report public, as nearly 20 state attorneys general are calling for the full report.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and 17 other AGs have signed a statement, urging the Department of Justice to publicly release the Special Counsel’s final report on the Russia investigation.
On March 24, Barr released a four-page summary of the nearly two-year investigation, saying the Special Counsel’s investigation found no conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Mueller delivered the report to Barr on March 22.
Nessel says the attorneys general who signed the statement are “prepared to use every tool at their disposal to make sure the public sees the report they paid for.”
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters and Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin are calling for the same thing. The Democrats want the release of the full report as quickly as possible.
“Two weeks ago, Congress unanimously voted to make Mueller’s full report public and that’s what the Attorney General should do,” Slotkin said.
Republic Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg says Barr’s report shows one thing, "That it was time for the country to move on."
“Rather than doubling down on more politically motivated investigations of President Trump, it is time to move forward as a country and focus on the pocketbook and security issues that matter to the American people,” Walberg said.
As for the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller left that up to Barr.
Barr’s summary states that Mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or another on obstruction. Based on that, Barr and Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that based on the evidence collected by Mueller, there’s no proof the president committed the crime of obstruction.
Democrats now say just because the Mueller investigation is over, they now leading several congressional investigations and there are also ongoing state and federal investigations that might involve the president and his family.
WILX News 10 will be tracking this story.