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Senator Chuck Schumer says American people ‘simply want the truth’. Follow the latest developments

12.03am GMT

Have a good night, everybody. Here are the evening’s biggest takeaways:

11.03pm GMT

Six Democratic House Committee chairs have sent a letter to attorney general William Barr requesting that he send them the full Mueller report by 2 April.

NEW: @NBCNews has learned six House Dem Committee chairs – Nadler, Cummings, Schiff, Waters, Neal, Engel – sent a letter today to AG Barr requesting he submit the full Mueller report by Tuesday, April 2nd. They also want the underlying evidence and materials.

10.14pm GMT

Lauren Gambino has some more details on Beto O’Rourke’s new campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon:

Jen O’Malley Dillon is a big hire for Beto O’Rourke’s fledgling campaign, which has so far been run by a handful of close aides and staffers.

O’Malley Dillon, a former top aide to Barack Obama, with whom O’Rourke has been compared, announced on Monday that she is leaving her consulting firm to move to El Paso to run the Texan’s campaign.

On a personal note, it’s still too rare for a mom of young kids to do this job. Everything I do is to help make a better world for them & *every* child. I’m proud my daughters & my son will watch mom go to work in this role, and of a candidate & campaign who value & support that.

9.38pm GMT

Felix Sater, the Moscow-born businessman at the center of the Trump Tower discussions in Russia, will be appearing on Capitol Hill later than originally scheduled because of the Mueller report.

House Intel Cmte Spokesperson:

Felix Sater’s testimony is being postponed due to “our need to understand Special Counsel Mueller’s areas of inquiry and evidence his office uncovered… With the focus on those efforts this week, we are postponing Mr. Sater’s open interview.”

9.20pm GMT

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a non-binding resolution put forth by Senator Chuck Schumer calling for the Mueller report to be made public.

JUST NOW: McConnell blocks Schumer measure calling for Mueller report to be made public

It is in the public interest for the Mueller report to be released to the American people.

They simply want the truth.

They can read the report for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

MCCONNELL on Barr summary of Mueller conclusions: “In any sane political moment all of this would be very welcome news to all Americans, in a normal time, but we know that amazingly the reaction in some corners of the far left has seemed not to be celebration, but disappointment”

9.03pm GMT

Hey all, Vivian Ho taking over for Ben Jacobs. Let’s see where the day takes us, shall we?

8.55pm GMT

8.42pm GMT

Beto O’Rourke has tapped Jen O’Malley Dillon to be his campaign manager.

O’Malley Dillon is a veteran Democratic operative who worked on both Obama presidential campaigns as well as for John Edwards in 2008.

A big get for @BetoORourke: @jomalleydillon tells me she’s going to take leave from her firm, move to El Paso and run his campaign.

She was one of most sought-after operatives of cycle and her hiring suggests Beto knows he can’t DIY a presidential

8.39pm GMT

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a foreign owned company that was fighting to a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller.

A lower court had previously ruled that the company had to comply with the subpoena

8.32pm GMT

CNN has ended its contract with Mark Geragos, the celebrity lawyer who allegedly conspired with Michael Avenatti on his scheme to extort Nike. Geragos opined on legal issues for the network.

Just received this from a CNN spokeswoman on Mark Geragos, who is Michael Avenatti’s alleged co-conspirator:

“Mark Geragos is no longer CNN contributor.”

8.31pm GMT

A formal complaint has been filed against Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh over her failure to disclose income from selling children’s books to a hospital system where she served the board.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

James Cabezas, a former investigator for the prosecutor’s office, wrote in his complaint that Pugh must have known she was required to report the children’s book company because she disclosed two other businesses in forms filed with the State Ethics Commission.

Omitting information on mandatory disclosure forms can result in perjury charges, if prosecutors can prove that government employees or elected officials knew they were required to report business interests and did not, Cabezas stated in his complaint.

8.13pm GMT

Neither Trump nor his lawyers have read the Mueller Report.

Senior White House official says White House lawyers and Trump have not seen the full Mueller report and have not been briefed on its contents — past a briefing of the summary just before it came out yesterday afternoon.

8.02pm GMT

Attorney general William Barr is set to testify before Congress on 9 April:

MARK CALENDARS: Attny Gen. Barr is set to testify before Dem-controlled House committee *April 9*.

House Appropriations confirms that is the scheduled date for his agency budget hearing.

(Though anyone can ask anything.)

7.54pm GMT

Stephen Moore, the pundit nominated to the board of the Federal Reserve by Donald Trump, has admitted he doesn’t know a lot about the organization in an interview.

“I’m kind of new to this game, frankly, so I’m going to be on a steep learning curve myself about how the Fed operates, how the Federal Reserve makes its decisions,” he told Bloomberg.

7.48pm GMT

With the Stanley Cup in the Oval Office, Trump announced that he is both a fan of hockey as well as a fan of the Washington Capitals in specific.

Stanley Cup on the Resolute Desk. In the Oval Office, Pres Trump congratulates the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington @Capitals. “I’m a hockey fan and I’m a Capitals fan,” said the president.

7.39pm GMT

The Trump campaign has sent a memo to television producers urging scrutiny of notable Democrats for their past statements on air about the Mueller investigation.

The memo targets Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, DNC chair Tom Perez and former CIA director John Brennan.

The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers:

7.31pm GMT

Trump’s Washington hotel had a distinguished guest this weekend.

Viorica Dancila, the prime minister of Romania, stayed at the hotel while in the United States to speak at AIPAC.

7.26pm GMT

Trump’s personal lawyers are in the Oval Office with him as he hosts the Stanley Cup winning Washington Capitols at the White House today.

Both Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani are there less than 24 hours after William Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report was released.

Standing at the back of the Oval Office as the president celebrates the Capitols…

7.22pm GMT

The retirement of Tom Udall from the Senate has led to speculation that Ben Ray Lujan might run for the seat.

A congressman first elected in 2008, Lujan is currently the assistant Speaker and one of only two Democrats in leadership under the age of 70. With Nancy Pelosi’s time as Democratic leader dwindling, the question is whether Lujan will seek elevation to the Senate or try to wait in the House in effort to see the top position there.

Tom Udall’s retirement raises the question: Will Ben Ray Lujan leave House leadership for a shot at the Senate? He’d likely be the frontrunner… but would he walk away from a shot at becoming Speaker?

7.01pm GMT

The American Enterprise Institute, a major conservative thinktank, just released the list of attendees at its retreat last month in Georgia.

It includes a number of Republican elected officials as well as New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, former Vice President Dick Cheney and John Delaney, a former Democratic congressman running for President.

AEI declined to say who was going to its retreat in Sea Island, Ga., earlier this month.

Here is the list of expected speakers, as filed by lawmakers with the House Ethics Committee.

6.50pm GMT

The Wall Street Journal reports that celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos is the unnamed conspirator with Avenatti.

NEW: We report that alleged co-conspirator with @michaelavenatti in federally charged extortion scheme is celebrity attorney Mark Geragos @markgeragos Avenatti was recorded by lawyers at Boies Schiller @bsfllp with @rebeccadobrien via @WSJ

6.48pm GMT

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump is adamantly against further aid to Puerto Rico, which is still suffering 18 months after the island was devastated by hurricanes.

But at an Oval Office meeting on Feb. 22, Trump asked top advisers for ways to limit federal support from going to Puerto Rico, believing it is taking money that should be going to the mainland, according to senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of the presidents’ private remarks.

The meeting — an afternoon session focused on Housing and Urban Development grants — ended abruptly, and Trump has continued to ask aides how much money the island will get. Then, Trump said he wanted the money to only fortify the electric grid there.

6.40pm GMT

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York has tweeted a chart that they are using to lay out the case against Avenatti.

#MichaelAvenatti charged with engaging in a scheme to extort Nike

6.33pm GMT

Stormy Daniels has tweeted a statement about her former lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

My statement regarding my former attorney Mr. Avenatti..

6.30pm GMT

Fred Malek, a longtime Republican activist and fundraiser died today at the age of 85.

The death was announced by the American Action Network, the Republican 501 (c)(4) he founded. Malek worked in both the Nixon and George H.W. Bush administrations. He gained notoriety after it was revealed that he counted the number of Jews working in the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the request of Nixon.

Statements from AAN Chairman Norm Coleman and President Dan Conston on the passing of AAN Founder Fred Malek

6.20pm GMT

Senator Susan Collins of Maine will face a primary challenge to her right in 2020.

The moderate Republican will face Derek Levasseur, a conservative blogger upset with her vote to overturn Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. However, Levasseur has some baggage, being arrested in 2012 for assaulting four people, including his daughter at his own wedding reception.

6.08pm GMT

Hillary Clinton has endorsed a candidate in the open race to be the next mayor of Dallas, Texas.

The former secretary of state endorsed Regina Montoya ahead of the city’s nonpartisan primary on May 4.

6.01pm GMT

Nancy Pelosi defended House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff after Donald Trump aides called for his resignation.

“Chairman Schiff has done an outstanding job and that’s the reason why he’s subject to these ridiculous attacks,” Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne told the Hill.

5.52pm GMT

Attorney General William Barr is likely to testify before the House Appropriations Committee next month, the Washington Post reports.

The committee has tentatively scheduled a budget hearing for April 9 on the Justice Department’s budget. The attorney general typically testifies at such hearings.

5.43pm GMT

Here’s the criminal complaint against Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors allege he “embezzled a client’s money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business and law firm — and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars in loans.”

According to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint in this case, Avenatti negotiated a settlement which called for $1.6 million in settlement money to be paid on January 10, 2018, but then gave the client a bogus settlement agreement with a false payment date of March 10, 2018. The affidavit states that Avenatti misappropriated his client’s settlement money and used it to pay expenses for his coffee business, Global Baristas US LLC, which operated Tully’s Coffee stores in California and Washington state, as well as for his own expenses. When the fake March 2018 deadline passed and the client asked where the money was, Avenatti continued to conceal that the payment had already been received, court documents said.

Avenatti also allegedly defrauded a bank in Mississippi by submitting to the lender false tax returns in order to obtain three loans totaling $4.1 million for his law firm and coffee business in 2014. According to the affidavit, Avenatti obtained the loans by submitting fabricated individual income tax returns (Forms 1040) for 2011, 2012, and 2013, reporting substantial income even though he had never filed any such returns with the Internal Revenue Service.

5.39pm GMT

Donald Trump Jr. is already taunting Michael Avenatti.

Good news for my friend @MichaelAvenatti, if you plead fast enough, you might just get to share a cell with Michael Cohen! #basta

5.36pm GMT

Michael Avenatti faces a separate set of charges in Los Angeles, where prosecutors allege “he embezzled a client’s money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business & law firm — and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars,” per NPR.

That’s in addition to the case in New York, where he’s charged with attempting to extort millions out of Nike.

Avenatti is charged separately in Los Angeles, on allegations “he embezzled a client’s money in order to pay his own expenses and debts — as well as those of his coffee business & law firm — and also defrauded a bank by using phony tax returns to obtain millions of dollars.”

5.32pm GMT

Michael Avenatti has been arrested in New York, per AP.

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors charge Trump critic Michael Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud; place him under arrest.

5.30pm GMT

The Justice Department has published the full criminal complaint against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti.

A press conference is planned at 2:30 pm to discuss the charges, which accuse Avenatti of attempting to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met.

5.26pm GMT

Less than an hour before news emerged that he had been indicted, lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted that he would be holding a press conference to discuss a “major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike.”

Avenatti is charged with a $20 million extortion against Nike, CNBC reported.

Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball.

5.18pm GMT

Senator Lindsey Graham said Monday that he encouraged John McCain to turn over a dossier full of disparaging claims about Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia to the FBI.

McCain’s alleged role in handling the so-called Steele dossier has angered Trump, prompting days of attacks on the deceased senator. The unverified document, prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele who was paid by a Democratic group, alleged that the Russians had compromising information about Trump.

5.08pm GMT

Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has been indicted on extortion charges.

He was charged by federal prosecutors in New York with attempting to extort millions of dollars out of Nike by threatening to release damaging information about the company, which did not meet his demands, Bloomberg News reported.

Related: Michael Avenatti, ex-lawyer for Stormy Daniels, arrested on extortion charges

5.02pm GMT

More from Donald Trump on the Mueller probe:

Trump said, “I’m saying, ‘why haven’t they been looked at?’ They lied to Congress, and many of them you know who they are. They’ve done so many evil things…I will tell you I love this country, I love this country as much as I can love anything: my family, my country, my God.”

4.42pm GMT

Donald Trump said it “wouldn’t bother me at all” to have special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report released.

“Up to the attorney general, but it wouldn’t bother me at all,” he said, in response to a shouted question at his White House event with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

4.39pm GMT

New York Rep. Jose Serrano says he will not seek re-election next year. He said he has Parkinson’s disease, NY1 reported.

“Today, I am announcing that I am living with Parkinson’s disease. After my diagnosis, I initially planned to continue my work representing the people of the South Bronx far into the future- a responsibility that brings me great joy,” – @RepJoseSerrano announces

JUST IN: Chair of House Appropriations subcommittee that funds #2020Census, @RepJoseSerrano (D-NY), says he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, won’t seek re-election next year & will keep “fighting” for an “accurate” 2020 census during the rest of his time in Congress

4.36pm GMT

Donald Trump was asked if special counsel Robert Mueller acted honorably, per the Washington Post. “Yes, he did,” he responded, as he departed his White House event with the Israeli prime minister.

Trump was just asked if he thinks Robert Mueller acted honorably and the president replied, “Yes he did.”

Moments ago at the White House, President Trump was asked:
“Do you think Robert Mueller acted honorably?”
“Yes, he did.”
With that, he walked out of the Diplomatic Reception Room with the Israeli Prime Minister without answering further questions about the Russia investigation.

Trump, asked if Mueller acted honorably, says: “Yes, he did.”

Trump has spent the last two years referring to the investigation as a “witch hunt” and a hoax and suggesting that Mueller was politically motivated.

4.28pm GMT

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams compares the attorney general’s brief summary of the Mueller report to “having your brother summarize your report card.”

.@StaceyAbrams says Barr’s summary of the Mueller report is like ‘having your brother summarize your report card to your parents’

4.22pm GMT

Donald Trump signed a declaration to officially recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Trump was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House as he signed the presidential proclamation.

3.55pm GMT

Robert Mueller’s investigators informed Attorney General Bill Barr three weeks ago that they were not going to reach a conclusion on whether Donald Trump obstructed justice, CNN reports.

New from @LauraAJarrett: ~3 weeks ago, special counsel’s team came to brief AG Bill Barr & Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein on the investigation & told the top DOJ officials that Mueller would not be reaching a conclusion on obstruction of justice, per source familiar with the meeting

3.53pm GMT

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall will not run for re-election next year, he said Monday.

“The worst thing anyone in public office can do is believe the office belongs to them, rather than to the people they represent. That’s why I’m announcing today that I won’t be seeking re-election next year,” the Democrat said, according to Politico.


New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall announces he is retiring after 2020

3.50pm GMT

Vice President Mike Pence criticized Democratic presidential candidates for skipping the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

“Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America,” Pence said in his own remarks at AIPAC, the Hill reported.

3.24pm GMT

“I think the public sort of knows what they’re getting with Donald Trump,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

He compared Trump to former President Bill Clinton, whose impeachment for lying about a sexual relationship he was involved with. The public knew also knew what they were getting with Clinton, known for his sex scandals, Graham said. He predicted Democrats who continued to go after Trump over Russia would suffer politically, as Republicans did for pursuing Clinton’s impeachment.

“Pursue what you think is important to the public, but if you keep pursing after Mueller spoke, then people are going to think you are just out to get him.”

3.19pm GMT

Senator Lindsey Graham said it was appropriate for Attorney General William Barr to reach the conclusion that Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.

“Somebody has to decide, and the attorney general is not conflicted,” he said at a Capitol Hill press conference.

3.15pm GMT

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham said he will speak with Attorney General William Barr today at noon, and hopes to have him testify before the committee, per CNN and McClatchy.

Lindsey Graham has a noon call with Barr, he expects Barr to come before his committee and that as much of the report will be released as possible

.@LindseyGrahamSC says at press conference he’s speaking to Barr at noon, hopes he will come to testify at Senate Judiciary Committee

.@LindseyGrahamSC: “I hope soon to have as much of the report released as possible.”

3.09pm GMT

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the AIPAC conference today, an event several Democratic presidential candidates opted to skip. De Blasio has flirted with the possibility of a presidential run.

“The vast majority of Democrats support the State of Israel. The vast majority of Progressives support the State of Israel. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,” he said in his remarks, according to a tweet from AIPAC.

.@NYCMayor Bill de Blasio at #AIPAC2019: “The vast majority of Democrats support the State of Israel. The vast majority of Progressives support the State of Israel. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

2.57pm GMT

Vice President Mike Pence, speaking at AIPAC, said yesterday’s release of a summary of the investigation was a “great day” for Americans, CBS News reports.

“This was a total vindication,” he said.

Addressing @AIPAC, @VP calls yesterday “a great day” for the US and every American who cherishes the truth. Says after 2 years of investigation and “reckless accusations,” Mueller report found no collusion and no obstruction of justice. “This was a total vindication,” says Pence.

2.54pm GMT

Donald Trump will formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights at his meeting today with Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence told the AIPAC conference.

CBS News reports that Pence also said today’s rocket attack on Israel shows that Hamas cannot be part of the Middle East peace process.

VP Pence announces to @AIPAC that Pres Trump today, in meeting with @netanyahu, will formally recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Pence says it’s in the best interests of the US and of peace.

.@VP says today’s rocket attack on Israel shows Hamas is not a partner for peace and the US will never negotiate “with terrorist Hamas.”

2.51pm GMT

Donald Trump’s campaign has sent out an email to fundraise off the Mueller investigation, per Newsday. In one line the note simultaneously blasts the investigation as a witch hunt and touts its conclusion that there was no conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Campaign fundraising email, all-caps subject line. (But no exclamation point?)

2.48pm GMT

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says there’s no current discussion of pardons for Donald Trump’s various indicted and convicted associates.

NEW: Asked whether Pres. Trump is considering pardoning any of his former aides, press sec. Sarah Sanders says “there’s no discussion of that taking place at this point.”

2.33pm GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cutting his US trip short in light of a rocket attack from Gaza, according to NBC News.

He still plans to meet with Donald Trump at the White House, but will not speak at the AIPAC conference and will return to Israel instead.

Israeli Prime Minister #Netanyahu says he’s cutting his US trip short in light of rocket attack from Gaza that injured 7 in Israel. He’ll now return just after Trump meeting today. He’ll no longer appear in person tomorrow at @AIPAC

2.20pm GMT

Robert Mueller is still at work. He showed up at his office this morning, per CNN.

Our #cnnstakeout team still at work spotted Mueller reporting to work this morning.

2.12pm GMT

Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar pushed for the release of the full Mueller report.

“Without seeing the facts, without seeing the entire report, it is very hard to assess any of this,” she said on CBS This Morning. “And Barr during the nominee hearing and now as attorney general, has pledged he wants to make everything he can public and we’re going to call him on that. We want to see this report.”

“Without seeing the facts, without seeing the entire report, it is very hard to assess any of this and Barr during the nominee hearing and now as attorney general, has pledged he wants everything public and we’re going to call him on that.” — Sen. @AmyKlobuchar

1.57pm GMT

Representative Lucy McBath expects a rematch with former representative Karen Handel, the Republican she defeated last year.

McBath is a gun control activist whose son Jordan Davis was shot to death at a gas station in 2012. She narrowly defeated the Republican incumbent for the Georgia congressional seat. Handel announced this morning she would run again in 2020.

@karenhandel just announced she is running against me AGAIN. A true career politician, Handel has run for office over and over for the last 17 years.

Help show Handel that she won’t take this seat back. CHIP IN $17.17 or more today? >>

1.54pm GMT

The supreme court declined to hear a case related to the Mueller investigation from an unnamed corporation, CNN reports.

The company, owned by a foreign government, will have to turn over information related to the Mueller probe to federal prosecutors or continue to rack up fines. The company appealed the order that it turn over the information, but the supreme court without comment turned down the case.

CNN: An unnamed foreign government-owned corporation will have to turn over information related to the Mueller probe to federal prosecutors or continue to accrue escalating fines after the Supreme Court without comment denied the company’s request to hear its appeal on Monday

1.48pm GMT

Senator Lindsey Graham, the chair of the Senate judiciary committee, will host an 11am press conference to discuss the Mueller report.


Holding a press conference today at 11:00 am in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery to discuss the Mueller Report.

1.48pm GMT

Donald Trump Jr posted a video of various Democrats who have said there was evidence that Trump associates colluded with Russia, saying they have “disgraced their offices and should step down”.

It’s time to hold the conspiracy caucus in Congress accountable. These Democrat Truthers spent the last 2 years knowingly lying to the American people about collusion. They’ve disgraced their offices and should step down. #CollusionTruthers

1.45pm GMT

Representative Ro Khanna said that Congress, not the attorney general, should be making the call on whether Donald Trump obstructed justice.

“The only person who thinks it’s Bill Barr’s decision is Bill Barr,” the California Democrat said on CNN.

1.42pm GMT

Representative David Cicilline called it “alarming” and “completely inappropriate” for the attorney general, William Barr, to have concluded Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.

“This is the most disturbing development in my view,” he said on CNN.

“It’s a really impossible determination to make without actually reading the report, reading the conclusions of Mr. Mueller, reading the evidence that he gathered.” On collusion, Rep. @davidcicilline says it’s unfair to “write it off completely.”

1.28pm GMT

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called Monday for representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, to resign.

“He ought to resign today. He’s been on every TV show 50 times for practically the last two years promising Americans that this president would either be impeached or indicted,” she said on “Fox and Friends,” citing Schiff’s past statements that there was evidence pointing to collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

1.16pm GMT

The Russian embassy in the UK weighs in, tweeting, “That awkward moment when another anti-Russian fake crumbles to dust.”

That awkward moment when another anti-Russian fake crumbles to dust.
Excuses, anyone?

12.55pm GMT

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report made no conclusion about whether Donald Trump obstructed justice. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” says one of the few direct quotes from the report in a summary released by attorney general William Barr.

Barr went on to conclude on his own that Trump was not guilty of obstruction. What’s not clear yet is whether Mueller asked Barr to make that call, or if he intended to leave it an open question and Barr took it upon himself to weigh in.

12.36pm GMT

Here’s the view from Russia on Mueller’s report from the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, Andrew Roth:

“The long-awaited Mueller report has proved what we in Russia knew long ago: there was no conspiracy between Trump or any member of his team and the Kremlin,” wrote Konstantin Kosachev the chair of the Federation Council’s committee on foreign affairs.

Related: Russia on Mueller report: ‘It has proved what we already knew’

12.32pm GMT

Donald Trump seems to be spending the early morning watching TV coverage of the Mueller report’s findings, and tweeting along.

“No matter your ideologies or your loyalties, this is a good day for America. No American conspired to cooperate with Russia in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to Robert Mueller, and that is good.” @BretBaier @FoxNews

“The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian Government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump Campaign.”

“Breaking News: Mueller Report Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy.” @MSNBC

12.24pm GMT

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has surged to third place in a new poll.

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, won the backing of 11% of likely Iowa Democratic caucus voters in an Emerson poll released on Sunday, trailing only Joe Biden with 25% and Bernie Sanders with 24%.

Related: Pete Buttigieg for president? Long-shot stands out in crowded field

12.17pm GMT

Former US attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired early on in the Trump administration, said on Monday morning that special counsel Robert Mueller has abdicated responsibility by not coming to a definite conclusion in his report about whether the president obstructed justice.

“It’s an abdication of responsibility,” he said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “He punts to Congress, then Bill Barr runs onto the field and runs it in for a touchdown.”

WATCH: Former U.S. attorney @PreetBharara talks about Mueller report findings and what it means for Pres. Trump with other potential legal cases and investigations: “On collusion, the case is closed…on the issue of obstruction, we’re sort of not done.”

12.11pm GMT

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Donald Trump will let the attorney general decide whether the special counsel’s Russia report should be publicly released, saying that “he’s more than happy for any of this stuff to come out.” Via the Associated Press:

Sanders spoke to NBC’s Today show Monday as White House aides and allies blanketed television news broadcasts to trumpet a summary of the report that said that Robert Mueller did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Asked last week about publicly releasing the report, Trump said: “Let it come out. Let people see it. That’s up to the attorney general.”

12.10pm GMT

Washington is still reeling from the release on Sunday of a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which found no evidence that anyone connected to the Donald Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to interfere with the election. The report did not exonerate Trump on allegations of obstruction of justice, drawing no conclusion one way or the other on whether he committed that offense.

There were increasingly bipartisan calls to make the full report public. Trump declared the investigation “an illegal take-down that failed.”

“As a lawyer, you don’t wave privileges … I think that would be very inappropriate.”
President Trump’s attorney @JaySekulow tells Alisyn Camerota he has no plans to release the President’s written answers as submitted to the special counsel.

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