Mueller report: US Congress awaits key findings from Attorney General Barr

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Congress and the American public are now waiting to see the report - or, however much of it Barr deems suitable for public and congressional eyes.

A DOJ official told media that Barr was working with advisers to determine what to include in a summary to Congress, adding that the attorney general will not deliver it on Saturday.

President Donald Trump was laying low in West Palm Beach on Sunday, golfing with Republican friends and staying uncharacteristically quiet as he awaits the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russian Federation investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency.

"The big ones - obviously, the Iran-Contra ones - I certainly did not oppose any of them", Barr said as part of the Presidential Oral History Program of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

The president has railed against Mueller for months, calling the investigation a politically motivated "witch hunt".

"Right now, we are in the mode (of) wanting to know the truth, wanting the facts so that our chairpersons and members of the committees can take a look into this going forward", Pelosi said, according to a person on the call.

Schiff says his committee wants the full report and the underlying materials made public and will head to court to compel Barr to release them.

"At the end of the day, the (Justice) department is under a statutory obligation to provide our committee with any information regarding significant intelligence activities, including counterintelligence".

Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week".

President Donald Trump claimed vindication after almost two years of unrelenting investigation on Sunday, seeing "complete and total exoneration" in the Justice Department's account of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings and signaling he was eager to go on offense in the political fight ahead. Barr aides say that he hopes to hand top lawmakers an initial summary after more review on Sunday and could also publicly release the same summary.

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The conservative firebrand from OH said he'll wait to read the report, but stressed that he believes no evidence of collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin - one of the inquiries Mueller was assigned to probe - has surfaced. They also point to precedent involving the Justice Department providing 880,000 pages of internal material a year ago to the House as part of the GOP probe into the FBI's Hillary Clinton investigation - as well as how the Justice Department provided records to the Hill over the Watergate probe.

Nadler also appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to make similar claims.

Presidential spokesman Hogan Gidley says the White House still has not received and has not been briefed on the Russian Federation report issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller.

According to CBS affiliate WPEC, Trump's motorcade arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach shortly after leaving Mar-a-Lago around 9 a.m. On Sunday, he tweeted, "Good Morning, Have A Great Day!"

Attorney General William Barr has spent the weekend combing through Mueller's report, which he received Friday, deciding how much of it Congress and the public will see.

For now, the report is accessible to only a handful of Justice Department officials while Attorney General William Barr prepared to release the "principal findings" soon.

Remember, the report hasn't been released yet (though it may be, on Sunday).

Leader Schumer and I yesterday issued a joint statement reiterating Democrats' call for transparency, stating ...

At one point on Friday evening, Trump was briefly praising Attorney General Barr for his leadership, according to a source close the president.

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