Here's what Mueller's report says about that fraught moment: "McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre".
"I certainly don't trust (Barr)", Smith said. But she said, "the report squarely puts this on our doorstep". The former White House counsel, who stepped down in October, saved President Donald Trump from his worst instincts, displaying a legal savvy and high ethical standard that served both the president and the country well. This isn't a matter of legal interpretation; it's reading comprehension. Only 15 percent said they had learned something that changed their view of Trump or the Russian Federation investigation, and a majority of those respondents said they were now more likely to believe that "Trump or someone close to him broke the law".
Significantly, the report noted there may have been multiple reasons Trump would want to obstruct the investigation.
But Mueller said investigators concluded, "While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges".
Attorney General Barr's refusal to release the full report and underlying materials prevents Congress from doing our constitutional duty.
Mueller evaluated 10 episodes for possible obstruction of justice and said he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction.
Welch also said he believes Congress needs to look into the question of obstruction of justice. This is the end of my Presidency.
People who work for Trump are still afraid they may face legal and professional consequences for breaking the law on his behalf.
The news media were led into the White House East Room, just before the report came out, for Trump's appearance with wounded warriors.
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Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, and acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan, left, about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, on April 18, 2019.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, travelling Thursday on a congressional trip to Ireland, said in a joint statement with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that Mueller's report revealed more than was known about the obstruction question.
"Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point". We as Americans deserve to know the facts. However, the document claims that Russian Federation attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. 2016 presidential election through cyberattacks, as well as through the activities of Russia's Internet Research Agency. Our national security should never be partisan, and it's clear that Russian Federation interfered in our election.
Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman said that while "it took awhile for the report's full impact to sink in", the devastating truth of the report later became clear to people in Trump's orbit.
In analysing whether Mr Trump obstructed justice, Mr Mueller looked at a series of actions by Mr Trump, including his attempts to remove Mr Mueller and limit the scope of his probe and efforts to prevent the public from knowing about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY between senior campaign officials and Russians.
Nadler said later on Friday when he issued the subpoena that he expects the Department of Justice to comply with the subpoena by May 1. "Fearing that such a firing would trigger another "Saturday Night Massacre", like the one carried out by President Richard Nixon in 1973, McGahn made a decision to quit, telling then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus that the president had asked him to 'do insane s***'".
Trump responded by questioning McGahn's tendency to take notes and draft memoranda outlining his advice to the president for the historical record.
"You gotta do this".
Mueller's report concluded that McGahn was a "credible witness with no motive to lie".