202

The Latest: Graham eyes FBI use of dossier in Russia probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the conclusion of the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says his panel will “unpack the other side of the story” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into President Donald Trump and his campaign.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who spent the weekend with Trump in Florida, said his committee will investigate the actions of the Justice Department in the Russia investigation, including the FBI’s use of a dossier compiled by British spy Christopher Steele.

Graham spoke Monday after Attorney General William Barr reported to Congress on Mueller’s findings. Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump or his associates conspired with Russia. Mueller did not make a determination on whether Trump obstructed justice.

Graham said he will be speaking with Barr at noon and wants him to testify before his committee.

__

10:40 a.m.

Vice President Mike Pence is claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered “total vindication” of President Donald Trump.

Pence said Monday that despite the two-year Russia investigation and what he described as “reckless accusations by many Democrats and members of the media” the special counsel confirmed “there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.”

Pence claimed that Attorney General William Barr “also confirmed that there was no obstruction of justice.” But according to Barr, Mueller reached no conclusion on whether there was obstruction of justice.

Pence spoke at an annual convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

__

7:40 a.m.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says President Donald Trump will let the attorney general decide whether the special counsel’s Russia report should be publicly released, though she adds that “he’s more than happy for any of this stuff to come out.”

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.”

Asked whether Trump would support release of the report, Sanders told NBC, “I don’t think the president has any problem with it,” but stressed the decision was up to Attorney General William Barr.

Barr issued a four page summary of Mueller’s findings Sunday. Democrats are demanding the full report.

___

12:20 a.m.

Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. That from Attorney General William Barr on Sunday. The report brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set the stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting.

Trump cheered the outcome but also laid bare his resentment after two years of investigations that have shadowed his administration. Democrats pointed out that Mueller found evidence for and against obstruction and demanded to see his full report. They insisted that even the summary by the president’s attorney general hardly put him in the clear.

Copyright © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.