Mueller report: Democrats vow to hold Trump to account

Friday April 19 2019

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US President Donald Trump. Senior Democrats said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report revealed a two-year campaign of obstruction by President Donald Trump, and vowed to hold him accountable. PHOTO | AFP 

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Senior Democrats said Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's long-awaited report revealed a two-year campaign of obstruction by President Donald Trump, and vowed to hold him accountable.

"Even in its incomplete form, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct," said Representative Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

"The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions," he said in a statement.

Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday released the redacted 400-page report after already announcing that it showed no proof that Mr Trump colluded with Russian intelligence to tilt the 2016 presidential election.

But the report made no conclusion on whether Mr Trump sought to obstruct justice in the ensuing investigation.

Mr Nadler, who has asked Mueller to testify before his committee by May 23, said that the report directly contradicted Barr's findings and accused him of failing to cooperate with Congress.

"Attorney General Barr appears to have shown an unsettling willingness to undermine his own department in order to protect President Trump," Nadler said.

Tom Perez, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said the report "paints a stunning picture of bottomless corruption."

"When a foreign adversary attacked our democracy, Donald Trump and his team were thrilled to reap the benefits," he said.

"When an investigation was launched to get to the bottom of that effort, he launched a two-year interference campaign to conceal the truth from the American people."

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee of the Senate, where Republicans remain in control, asked for an unredacted report and a commitment by Barr not to "interfere" in other ongoing investigations.

"The Mueller report lays out not only how Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but also related activities carried out by Trump campaign officials," Ms Feinstein tweeted.

"It also details many instances where President Trump tried to obstruct or stop the investigation."