Report shows 'deeply alarming' acts of obstruction: Schiff

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Published on April 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

Report shows 'deeply alarming' acts of obstruction: Schiff

U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Adam Schiff on Thursday said U.S. Attorney General William Barr did a "disservice" to the American public by allegedly attempting to put a "positive spin" on the Mueller report.

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Report shows 'deeply alarming' acts of obstruction: Schiff

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Adam Schiff on Thursday said U.S. Attorney General William Barr did a "disservice" to the American public by allegedly attempting to put a "positive spin" on the Mueller report.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his inquiry into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election detailed a series of actions by President Donald Trump to impede the probe, raising questions about whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice.

Thursday's release of the 448-page report after a 22-month investigation was a watershed moment in Trump's tumultuous presidency and inflamed partisan passions ahead of his 2020 re-election bid in a deeply divided country.

Democrats said the report contained disturbing evidence of wrongdoing by Trump that could fuel congressional investigations, but there was no immediate indication they would try to remove him from office through impeachment.

Mueller built an extensive case indicating that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, though the special counsel did not exonerate the president.

Mueller noted, however, that Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law.

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