Elizabeth Warren calls for Trump's impeachment following Mueller report – as it happened

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In a statement, the senator and 2020 presidential candidate said initiating impeachment proceedings is the ‘constitutional duty’ of politicians

2.00am BST

We’re ending our live coverage for the day, thanks for following along and have a nice weekend! Here’s a summary of some key developments of the day:

1.21am BST

A Honduran trans woman who was detained in a US immigration facility for seven months despite being granted asylum has been released, journalists Nina Lakhani reports for the Guardian.

Nicole García Aguilar was granted asylum in October 2018, but instead of releasing her, Ice then transferred her to a male unit and put her in solitary confinement.

Nicole Garcia Aguilar, a Honduran transgender woman, was granted asylum by a US court in October 2018. Instead of releasing her, ICE transferred her to a male unit, then solitary confinement. She was finally freed this week thanks to @ACLU @NIJChttps://t.co/RBrhD2Iwpq

García, 24, fled Choluteca in southern Honduras in early 2018 after surviving a violent attack and receiving death threats which police refused to investigate.

Since a coup in Honduras in 2009, violence against the LGBT community has escalated, prompting many to leave. At least 306 LGBT people, including 97 trans people, have been killed in the past decade, and only 20% of cases have been prosecuted, according to Cattrachas, a Honduran LGBT group.

Related: Honduran transgender woman freed after a year in US detention

1.05am BST

There were at least 37 cases in which Trump responded to Mueller’s questions about his campaign’s contacts with Russians by saying he couldn’t recall, according to this Washington Post analysis:

In at least 37 instances, Trump responded to Mueller’s questions — about his campaign’s contacts with Russians and about Russian interference in the 2016 election — by saying he couldn’t recall, turning to familiar refrain. ⁦By @Fahrentholdhttps://t.co/5XbUAaMVMf

11.40pm BST

The White House is continuing its attacks on the press following intense criticisms of spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who admitted to lying to reporters in the special counsel report released this week.

Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesperson, sent this statement to the New York Times:

Updated with a Hogan Gidley statement: “The White House staff will never be lectured on truth-telling from the media…” https://t.co/qLgPoyq2iA

Related: Sarah Sanders reiterates Comey claims despite admitting to lying

11.11pm BST

In non-Mueller news, the AP has published a report saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) is now restricting lawyers’ access to migrants in a key Texas detention center:

BREAKING

We’ve been providing free legal services to migrants for yrs at the ICE detention center in Karnes.

This week @ICEgov and @GEOGroup drastically limited our access to clients. https://t.co/hdyRMUxhQr

The legal services group RAICES goes to Karnes daily to consult with detained immigrants about their asylum cases. The group says subtle policy changes at the facility have reduced legal access for detained women seeking asylum.

Since Monday, authorities at Karnes have prevented attorneys and volunteers from meeting with many large groups of migrants at once, which prevents them from quickly consulting with more people, according to Andrea Meza, RAICES’ director of family detention services.

10.58pm BST

Nancy Pelosi is not shifting her position on the question of impeaching Trump:

Responding to @SenWarren call for impeachment proceedings, @Pelosi in no rush. “As the Speaker has said repeatedly, one step at a time,” says spokeswoman @AshleyEtienne09. Says Pelosi calling for full unredacted Mueller Report to provide Americans more answers.

10.50pm BST

With Elizabeth Warren calling for impeachment proceedings, here’s a quick roundup of some of the 2020 candidates’ recent remarks on the question of impeachment, via NBC News:

Pete Buttigieg, South Bend mayor, told NBC that he believes there’s “evidence that this president deserves to be impeached”, but since he is not in Congress, he would leave it to the House representatives to make that decision.

Pete Buttigieg told NBC News that there’s “evidence that this president deserves to be impeached.” https://t.co/jv2y7u2R24

I think that there is definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller and really understand what exactly is the evidence that supports the summary that we have been given today.”

Secretary Castro says on two major cable shows that he supports Congress opening impeachment proceedings, and another frontrunner gets credit for being first two hours later ‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/ZjRBaGweHu

10.18pm BST

Hello – Sam Levin here, taking over our live coverage for the rest of the day.

The justice department has responded to House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler’s subpoena for the full Mueller report, calling it “unnecessary” and “premature”:

From DOJ spox Kerri Kupec on Rep. Nadler’s subpoena for the full Mueller report and underlying materials: “Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary.” pic.twitter.com/4wSDhTR4vY

10.09pm BST

After a day of golf, Trump has finally returned to Twitter to finish his thoughts – nine hours later. We know you’ve been on pins and needles so here you go.

….big, fat, waste of time, energy and money – $30,000,000 to be exact. It is now finally time to turn the tables and bring justice to some very sick and dangerous people who have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason. This should never happen again!

Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed. Because I never….

…agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened, a…

10.02pm BST

Elijah Cummings gives Jake Tapper a very politician-y answer to the impeachment question.

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Do you want to move forward on articles of impeachment, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for today?”

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings: “I may very well, but I want to make sure that I’ve got all my facts in a row” pic.twitter.com/EMlXTPH96q

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Do you want to move forward on articles of impeachment, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for today?”

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings: “I may very well, but I want to make sure that I’ve got all my facts in a row” pic.twitter.com/EMlXTPH96q

9.42pm BST

An analysis from Politico predicts that Trump figures to rage against “scapegoats” in coming days, something we may have seen a taste of in a yet-unfished thread of angry tweets.

Close White House advisers said they expect Trump’s hottest rage in the coming days will be directed at former White House counsel Don McGahn, a source of some of the report’s most embarrassing findings about the president. Trump angrily tweeted on Thursday that the report contained “total bullshit” from people trying to make themselves look good and harm the president.”

In one instance cited in the redacted report, which was released Thursday, the president apparently criticized McGahn for telling Mueller’s investigators that Trump sought to have Mueller removed.

“Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes,” Trump is quoted as saying, to which McGahn responded that a “real lawyer” does.

9.26pm BST

CNN’s Manu Raju is reporting that “Democratic leaders are rejecting a proposal from the Justice Department to allow the House and Senate leaders and the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees to read a less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.”

Democratic leaders are rejecting a proposal from the Justice Department to allow the House and Senate leaders and the heads of the House and Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees to read a less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. https://t.co/1JZI3mbpx8

9.21pm BST

The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack.

Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.

-Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

9.08pm BST

The Trump 2020 campaign says it has raised more than $1m since the Mueller report was released, according to The Hill.

“Sorry Trump haters. The biggest waste of money witch hunt in history is finally over,” read a text sent to campaign supporters. “The attacks and lies will keep coming heading into 2020. That’s why we need to fight back bigger and stronger than ever before.”

Trump campaign sends out text trying to raise $1 million off Mueller report pic.twitter.com/yKRiHX8D13

8.52pm BST

Utah Senator Mitt Romney offered a scathing reaction to the Muller report, describing himself as “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”

He continued:

Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ

8.18pm BST

The number of Americans who approve of President Donald Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a special counsel report detailing Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll.

The poll, conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning is the first post-Mueller release of the president’s approval.

8.03pm BST

Federal authorities announced that a Florida man called three Democrats at their Washington, D.C. offices April 16 and left voicemail messages threatening murder.

The lawmakers targeted included California Congressman Eric Swalwell, Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

8.00pm BST

… from the Mueller report, The Guardian will continue to investigate, report and expose the truth to make sure we understand the complete story. At this critical moment in American history, we’ll use the strength of independent journalism to challenge false narratives, sort facts from lies and create transparency to hold the powerful accountable.

7.33pm BST

Latest from the White House: “Today the President played golf with Rush Limbaugh and a couple friends.”

…In case you were wondering.

7.31pm BST

Freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar got lots of love on Twitter for turning Trump’s recent favorite catchphrase back on him.

No thanks, just lived through one! https://t.co/W7ZjgvosHN

7.13pm BST

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet had “completely successful” surgery to treat prostate cancer, a spokesperson said Friday.

“His doctors report the surgery was completely successful and he requires no further treatment,” the spokesperson said. “Michael and his family deeply appreciate the well wishes and support from Coloradans and others across the country.”

Great news to share.
— Team Bennet pic.twitter.com/cJ9y5a7nsH

6.56pm BST

TV’s HBO isn’t happy about Donald Trump’s celebratory (and possibly misguided as well as misappropriated) “Game Over” Game of Thrones meme that he tweeted after the Mueller report came out.

As of Friday morning, it’s pinned to the top of his Twitter account.

pic.twitter.com/222atp7wuB

6.15pm BST

Another former federal prosecutor weighs in on CNN:

If this was any person other than the president of the United States, I can say as a former prosecutor, this would be a knock-down case for obstruction,” said CNN legal analyst Elie Honig. “I’ve charged and convicted on obstruction of justice based on a fraction of this evidence.

– Elie Honig

“If this was any person other than the President of the United States…this would be a knock down case for obstruction of justice,” says former federal prosecutor @eliehonig as he lays out his biggest takeaways from the Mueller report. https://t.co/QtOw6uvA9r pic.twitter.com/ydPr42khbg

6.09pm BST

In an opinion column for Politico, a former federal prosecutor describes the Mueller report as “case meticulously laid out by a prosecutor who knew he was not allowed to bring it.”

The case is so detailed that it is hard to escape the conclusion that Mueller could have indicted and convicted Trump for obstruction of justice—if he were permitted to do so. And the reason he is not permitted to do so is very clear: Department of Justice policy prohibits the indictment of a sitting president.”

“…if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.” -Mueller report pic.twitter.com/PvYaWVAjb3

5.41pm BST

Republican Senator Roy Blunt says he agrees with Nancy Pelosi on the folly of impeachment. +1 for bipartisanship?

Sen. Roy Blunt: “I think the Speaker’s actually right on this. I think the House would be much better off legislating rather than investigating, and impeaching is a political tool in the Constitution. I think it would be a poor judgement on their part to use it.” pic.twitter.com/ZF5HWqGpns

5.38pm BST

The public release of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday finally brought into the open key findings from the two-year investigation into Russian interference in the US election. The special counsel team found no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow but disclosed damning revelations about Donald Trump’s repeated attempts to interfere with the Russia investigation and possible obstruction of justice.

But the 448-page report includes substantial redactions – on the subject of Russian hacking, nearly two-thirds of the section is blacked out. Those redactions, as well as Mueller’s decision to punt on the question of whether Trump committed a crime, raise a series of fresh questions about the conduct of Trump and his aides.

Related: The key unanswered questions from the Mueller report

5.17pm BST

Earlier we told you to stay tuned for the rest of Trump’s thoughts on the “crazy” Mueller report.

Hopefully you’re still tuned, because – nothing yet. It’s been four hours.

President Trump is spending a gloomy and rainy Good Friday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

No public events listed on the schedule but the president has taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on the Mueller report calling some statements “total bullsh**.”

4.55pm BST

How many redactions?

Attorney general William Barr’s office made nearly 1,000

redactions
in the Mueller report, mostly on the basis that

revealing the information
would cause

“harm to an ongoing matter”
, according to a Reuters analysis.

4.47pm BST

Analysis: Any other president in America’s history would have had to resign or now face being ousted.

But no past president has so frequently denied reality, nor seemed so unfamiliar with the very concept of shame. Neither, perhaps, has any past president enjoyed the support of such a compliant Senate, which is Republican-held, and willing to excuse his every scandal in the service of their agenda.

Related: Mueller’s report would have signaled the end for anyone other than Trump

4.38pm BST

Beto O’Rourke is among the ranks of 2020 hopefuls who are unenthused by the prospect of impeachment.

Tossing in a humblebrag about the number of questions he’s fielded in townhalls, O’Rourke said the Muller report has only come up two or three times out of more than 500 questions.

Beto O’Rourke: “I believe that we’ve held more town halls then any other person contending for the Democratic nomination. I’ve answered more questions than anyone else so far.” pic.twitter.com/Id9qrfySEO

4.27pm BST

One of the clearest takeaways from the Mueller report was the conclusion by investigators that Russia successfully mounted a campaign to interfere with the 2016 US election.

Today Moscow is rejecting that conclusion in the strongest language.

4.00pm BST

Close parsing of the Mueller report continues to raise questions about Attorney General Barr’s summary of the report released last month. Barr has been accused of rendering a partisan reading of the report to protect president Trump, and contradictions like these won’t help to ease any of those critiques.

This is remarkable. Left: Mueller (Vol. 2, p157) forcefully says it is no excuse to say obstruction had no underlying crime or was done in public view. Right: Barr’s Mar 24 summary letter, implying that Mueller said the opposite. pic.twitter.com/UX5oNwYDcx

Related: William Barr: the attorney general who has the president’s back

3.31pm BST

Former FBI director James Comey is in the woods being dramatic again, tweeting “So many answers”, accompanied by a picture of forest ground. It was an apparent nod to the release of the full (redacted) Mueller report.

So many answers. pic.twitter.com/GY61xtIgJV

So many questions. pic.twitter.com/66KaR52Kk8

3.18pm BST

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has built his candidacy on striking a positive, conciliatory tone, so it should be no surprise that he’s not interested in the impeachment conversation.

Asked by reporters Thursday night in Nevada, the New Jersey senator said flatly: “No”.

3.11pm BST

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce he’s running for president next week.

2.57pm BST

Representative Doug Collins, the ranking Republican member on the House Judiciary Committee, is calling chairman Nadler’s subpoena “wildly overbroad.”

It commands the department to provide Congress with millions of records that would be plainly against the law to share because the vast majority of these documents came as a result of nearly 2,800 subpoenas from a grand jury that is still ongoing.

2.44pm BST

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was on the defensive on ABC’s “Good Morning America” after beign pressed on language in the Mueller report suggesting that she made a dishonest statement to reporters about the firing of former FBI head James Comey.

In May 2017, Sanders said the White House had heard from “countless members of the FBI” who had lost faith in former FBI director James B. Comey.

“That’s not a slip of the tongue Sarah, that’s a deliberate false statement.”@GStephanopoulos presses @PressSec Sarah Sanders on the culture of lying, exposed by the #MuellerReport, in the White House. https://t.co/wBBIUQ2Xfo pic.twitter.com/d5A4MOgqi1

2.29pm BST

Donald Trump has begun his Friday by tweeting curse words alongside his usual angry name-calling, and also by apparently attacking the act of taking notes?

Trump called the Mueller report “crazy” and “written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue,” Friday morning before suggesting to “Watch out for people that take so-called ‘notes,’ when the notes never existed until needed.”

2.28pm BST

Good Morning, It’s Mueller report hangover day. If you were worried there would be a lull in the political news cycle after the much-anticipated, redacted release from the special counsel, I have good news. There won’t.

First things first: The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed for the full Mueller report, following Thursday’s release by the Justice Department.

My Committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice. The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case. Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by President Trump and some of his closest associates. It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward.”

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