With Trump on the offensive, Democrats seek release of Mueller report

By Emily Tillett, Camilo Montoya-Galvez

/ CBS News

Washington — Emboldened by the Justice Department summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, President Trump has gone on the offensive, lashing out at his critics and calling for probes into unidentified people who he said lied to Congress, committed "evil" deeds and participated in "treasonous things."

"We can never let this happen to another president again," Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Monday afternoon.

The president's calls have been echoed by his Republican allies in Congress.

Democrats, meanwhile, remain unconvinced by Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of Mueller's investigation. On Monday evening, the Democratic chairs of powerful committees in the House demanded Barr release Mueller's entire report, as well the underlying evidence of the nearly two-year investigation, by early next week.

Although Barr is expected to release more information from the report in the coming weeks, Democrats have vowed to subpoena both Mueller and Barr and compel them to testify before Congress.

Follow our live coverage for updates throughout the day.


Top Democrats give Barr April 2 deadline to release full report

Citing the need to make their own "independent assessment," the chairs of the House Judiciary, Oversight, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Ways and Means and Financial Services committees asked the attorney general to release Mueller's full report and material from his investigation by early next week.

In their letter to Barr, released Monday evening, Reps. Jerry Nadler, Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff, Eliot Engel, Richard Neal and Maxine Waters said the attorney general's summary of the Mueller probe was not "sufficient" for Congress and left "open many questions concerning the conduct of the President and his closest advisors, as well as that of the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election."

The House chairs, who have launched their own sweeping probes into the president's conduct, policies and business dealings since retaking the majority, gave Barr an April 2 deadline to comply with their demand.

Read the full letter here:

From "witch hunt" to campaign slogan: Trump sees Mueller as boost for re-election

For the better part of his presidency and as recently as last week, President Trump denigrated Robert Mueller's investigation as a partisan "witch hunt," and he has at times said it was led by a "a prosecutor gone rogue" and a group of "angry" Democrats.

Now, after the probe found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, the president's view has evolved — he now sees the special counsel's conclusion as a boon to his re-election campaign.

"Democrats took us on a frantic, chaotic, conspiracy-laden roller coaster for two years, alleging wrongdoing where there was none," said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. "Despite a roving Special Counsel and desperate Democrats trailing him every step of the way, President Trump has kept his focus where it belongs: achieving for the American people."

Read the analysis from Caitlin Huey-Burns here.

Graham says Barr would be glad to testify before Congress

Attorney General William Barr told Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham on Monday he would be glad to testify before Congress, Graham said Monday. Members of Congress have a number of lingering questions for the attorney general.

Graham, who spoke with Barr after the release of the attorney general's summary, said Barr told him he would be glad to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee but needs time to extract grand jury information and classified material.

Asked if Barr provided a timeframe for such a process, Graham shook his head, saying, "He's got to talk with Mueller, they're working on it. Sooner rather than later is the request and I'm sure he will honor that."

Graham said he doesn't see "any reason" for Mueller to testify before Congress, which is what a number of Democrats are calling for after the release of Barr's summary.

Alan He contributed reporting.

Mueller told DOJ about obstruction impasse 3 weeks ago

Three weeks before submitting his report, special counsel Robert Mueller informed Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he wouldn't be able to reach a conclusion on his probe into whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice, a source familiar with the situation told CBS News' correspondent Paula Reid.

Trump wouldn't mind if full Mueller report were released

President Trump said Monday it's "up to the attorney general," but it "wouldn't bother" him if William Barr released the full Mueller report.

Answering questions during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr. Trump said no other president should be subject to the kind of investigation that Mueller conducted.

"We can never let this happen to another president again," Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

The president, who has said Barr's summary of the Mueller report completely "exonerated" him, added that other people, who he did not name, should be "looked at" for lying to Congress, committing "evil" deeds and participating in "treasonous things."

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. Carlos Barria / REUTERS

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