After a weekend of speculation, Attorney General William Barr submitted to Congress his summary of the main conclusion from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Sunday afternoon. The four-page document claims Mueller didn't find that Donald Trump's presidential campaign or any of its associated "conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election." The summary also quotes the special counsel as noting that "while this report does not conclude the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." Read the full summary below (PDF version here) and follow Slate's live blog for the latest. As a supplement to the notification provided on Friday, March 22, 2019, I am writing today to advise you of the principal conclusions reached by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and to inform you about the status of my initial review of the report he has prepared.
The president eventually deleted the tweet and replaced it a few hours later with the proper spelling of the homophone -- so "council" became "counsel": Don McGahn is White House Counsel. SEE ALSO: Twitter mocks Donald Trump for'unpresidented' spelling mistake Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel. Ever sassy online dictionary Merriam-Webster took the president's mistake as a teachable moment. The dictionary broke down the meanings of the two words, with emoji, showing how Trump's tweet about former acting Attorney General Sally Yates made more sense if she was talking to a singular legal advisor. A quick online search brings up the Wikipedia page for White House Counsel.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Sacramento, California earlier this month.Randy Pench/TNS via ZUMA Wire Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday declined to appoint a second special counsel, who would be charged with investigating matters related to a series of 2016 probes related to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But Sessions left open the possibility of making such an appointment in the future. Last year--after Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein, appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election--GOP lawmakers began urging Sessions to use the same statute to appoint a prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice and the FBI. In the months that followed, more Republicans have piled on, suggesting that a new special counsel probe could look into the handling of investigations into Clinton's emails and foundation, as well as allegations that the FBI abused the process for obtaining a secret warrant in order to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. In a letter Thursday, Sessions declined to make such an appointment--for now.
If President Donald Trump interferes with special counsel Robert Mueller's inverstigation or fires him, what should Congress do? At least that's what he said two decades ago. During Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee refused to answer questions about issues of presidential power that could well be tested in the coming months. He declined to say whether he believes a president can pardon himself. Kavanaugh would not say whether a president can be compelled to respond to a subpoena.
JUDY WOODRUFF: President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill positions in his administration over this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. John Yang has more on one with added significance. JOHN YANG: To examine the role of the White House counsel and the challenges Donald McGahn faces tackling president-elect Trump's business holdings, we're joined by Jack Quinn, who was White House counsel under President Bill Clinton. JACK QUINN, Former White House Counsel: Thank you, John. JOHN YANG: When a White House counsel approaches an issue like figuring out what to do with a president's business holdings, is the client the president as a individual or the presidency as an institution?