Robert Mueller submits Russian Federation report

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After two years investigating President Donald Trump's alleged "collusion" with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has at last delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review. The House on March 14 voted 420-0, with four conservative Republican lawmakers voting "present", to approve a non-binding resolution urging Barr to make public everything in Mueller's report that is not expressly prohibited by law and to provide the entire document to Congress.

The report was not immediately made public - Barr will have to decide how much to disclose - and it was not known if Mueller found criminal conduct by Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already brought against several aides.

No details of Mr Mueller's report have been released. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone was charged in January with obstruction, false statements and witness tampering.

Reporters staked out outside Mueller's office in recent days and others were at the Justice Department, watching for any signs.

Mueller was named special counsel in May 2017 by the department's No. 2 official, Rod Rosenstein, to take over an investigation that had been headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Even though I believe Mr. Trump is morally unfit to be president of the United States, I'm not rooting for Mr. Mueller to demonstrate that he is a criminal". There were no such instances during the Special Counsel's investigation. Instead, Comey stresses, he wants a "resounding" defeat of Trump in 2020 to restore "the belief that the president of the United States can not be a chronic liar who repeatedly attacks the rule of law". I'm also not rooting for Mr. Mueller to "clear" the president.

■Barr has said that he would write his own account communicating Mueller's findings to Congress and the American public.

Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump in May 2017, states he is "morally unfit to be president of the United States" in a scathing assessment of his term in office.

The list of officials in Trump's orbit who have pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe is lengthy, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this month that impeaching the President was "just not worth it". Conservative pundits, however, seemed to have one general consensus: that the entire Russian Federation probe was nothing more than a witch hunt.

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