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Several Republicans hit back at Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, over the weekend after he said he was “sickened” by President Donald Trump’s actions as detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Romney said it was “good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge” Trump with conspiracy following the report’s release and that “the alternative would have taken us through a wretching process with the potential for constitutional crisis.”

However, he went on to slam Trump, writing, “Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday ridiculed Romney for his loss to President Barack Obama in 2012 – Trump took a similar swipe on Saturday – while Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani called Romney, “a hypocrite.”

“Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS” Huckabee tweeted.

Giuliani took aim at Romney during an appearance on CNN Sunday.

“Stop the bull. Stop this pious act that you weren’t trying to dig up dirt on people, putting dirt out on people,” he said. “What a hypocrite.”

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Sunday it’d be a political “mistake” to start impeachment proceedings to remove President Donald Trump from office — though it’s likely that’s what House Democrats will do.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “it’s time to move on” in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I suspect that’s what the Democrats, particularly in the House of Representatives, are going to want to do,” he said of impeachment. 

“That of course, is a political question and I think politically speaking it would be a mistake for them to do it. It sounds like some of them are inclined to go down that road.”

“The number one takeaway from this report, is that there was no collusion,” he added. “We’ve got people, who for the last two years have been using the Russian’s attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our electoral process, as an effort within this country to undermine this president, and the process by which he was elected. But there was no collusion. … Not a scintilla of evidence supports that.”

Lee also said though colleague Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was deeply critical of the Trump administration as revealed in the Mueller report, “there’s nothing in this report that changes my view of this president”

“I don’t think most Americans, I don’t think most senators, most members of Congress, I don’t think most Americans will have their view of the president of the United States changed by this report,” he asserted.

He criticized the report, however, for often being “odd” and “confusing.”

“For example, when [Mueller] talks about obstruction, I think it’s odd to say ‘I’m not going to make a recommendation, but I’m going to sound like I’m making a recommendation,’” Lee  said, adding: “It’s full of double negatives. It’s kind of confusing.”

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The final report of special counsel Robert Mueller contained findings that didn’t “sound like Donald Trump” — including his lament that “my presidency is over” after the Mueller investigation began, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Conway mounted a vigorous defense of the president in the wake of a report that detailed 10 potential obstruction incidents.

There are other things in the Mueller report [that] don’t sound like Donald Trump,” Conway said. “I have been by his side for three straight years. He’s never said once ‘my candidacy is over,’ ‘my presidency is over.’

“What I want the viewers to understand what’s in this report and what is not in this report. No criminal charges brought against President Trump. There will be no criminal charges brought against anyone in his family or connected to his campaign.” 

Conway also said Trump “deserves an apology from millions of people in country including those who have a lot of power in this country.”

“The media as well,” she said. “… Day after day, story after story, we’re leading the public to believe that there was collusion and criminal conspiracy.”

But she predicted that as a result, Trump will be reelected.

“People will look back at this week as another reason he gets reelected,” she predicted. “Mark my words, they spent 22 months, $25 million constantly beating the drum of collusion.”

Conway also dismissed criticism of the Trump administration by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.

“I thought that Mr. Romney missed a great opportunity this weekend to say one very important thing, which is, he was right in 2012 when he said to the whole world in a debate against then-president Barack Obama, the big geopolitical foe was Russia,” Conway said.

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President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Sunday condemned the Mueller report as “unfair” and un-American, lamenting “when people have to prove their innocence, we’re in a different country.”

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Giuliani charged investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller also came “close” to “torturing” former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — and depicted the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn as unreliable and “woefully confusing.”

You think that’s a fair document, using a standard of proof that you have to absolutely prove your innocence?” he said, adding: “When people have to prove their innocence, we’re in a different country. By the way, the president is innocent.”

Giuliani said among the report’s outrages were Mueller team members themselves — “people who were unfair to [Trump], people who wrote an unfair report, people who came close to torturing people to get information.”

Pressed on his allegation of torture, Giuliani pointed to Manafort.

“How about Manafort in solitary confinement 13 times,” Giuliani said.

And he pounced on McGahn as well, who sat with Mueller for about 30 hours of interviews, revealing that he refused to act on Trump’s direction to set Mueller’s firing in motion.

I think the testimony is woefully confusing and cannot be relied on,” Giuliani said. “If I were a prosecutor evaluating that, three different statements from one guy.”

Giuliani also hammered Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, for his remark that he was “sickened” by the level of dishonesty the Mueller report found in the Trump administration.

“Stop the bull,” Giuliani said of Romney, suggesting that he’d also tried “to dig up dirt on people.”

What a hypocrite. What a hypocrite,” Giuliani declared. “Any candidate in the whole world in America would take information… who says it’s even illegal” if the data comes from a foreign source, he added.

“He did things very similar to that,” Giuliani contended of Romney.

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Congressional Democrats took legal action on Friday to gain access to all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as the probe’s findings dented President Donald Trump’s poll ratings.

The number of Americans who approve of Trump dropped by 3 percentage points to the lowest level of the year following the release of a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Thursday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online opinion poll.

Mueller did not establish the Trump campaign coordinated with Russians but did find “multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations.”

While Mueller ultimately decided not to charge Trump with a crime such as obstruction of justice, he also said the investigation did not exonerate the president, either.

U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department to hand over the full Mueller report and other relevant evidence by May 1.

“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,” Nadler said in a statement.

The Justice Department called the request “premature and unnecessary,” but spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement the department would work with Congress “to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests.”

The report provided extensive details on Trump’s efforts to thwart Mueller’s investigation, giving Democrats plenty of political ammunition against the Republican president but leaving them with no consensus on how to use it.

The document has blacked out sections to hide details about secret grand jury information, U.S. intelligence gathering and active criminal cases as well as potentially damaging information about peripheral players who were not charged.

Six top congressional Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected U.S. Attorney General William Barr’s offer to give them access to a less-redacted version of the report. In a letter to Barr, they repeated their request for the full report but said they were open to “a reasonable accommodation.”

Democratic leaders have played down talk of impeachment of Trump just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election, even as some prominent members of the party’s progressive wing, notably U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, promised to push the idea.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major contender for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination to call for the start of impeachment proceedings, saying on Twitter that “the severity of this misconduct” demanded it.

‘CRAZY MUELLER REPORT’

Trump, who has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a political witch hunt, lashed out again on Friday.

“Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report…which are fabricated & totally untrue,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

He seemed to be referring to former White House counsel Don McGahn who was cited in the report as having annoyed Trump by taking notes of his conversations with the president.

“Watch out for people that take so-called ‘notes,’ when the notes never existed until needed,” Trump wrote. “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).”

Phone conversations between the president and McGahn in June 2017 were a central part of Mueller’s depiction of Trump as trying to derail the Russia inquiry. The report said Trump told McGahn to instruct the Justice Department to fire Mueller. McGahn did not carry out the order.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll of 1,005 adults conducted Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, 37 percent of people approve of Trump’s performance in office – down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15, which matches the lowest level of the year. The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of 4 percentage points.

Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the Democrats’ subpoena “is wildly overbroad” and would jeopardize a grand jury’s investigations.

While most Republicans have stood by Trump, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, now a U.S. senator from Utah, criticized Trump and those around him as portrayed in the report. Romney, an on-and-off Trump critic, said on Twitter it was “good news” there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with a crime.

“Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” said Romney, who lost the White House race to President Barack Obama in 2012.

The Mueller inquiry laid bare what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as a Russian campaign of hacking and propaganda to sow discord in the United States, denigrate 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump.

RUSSIA DENIES MEDDLING

Russia said on Friday that Mueller’s report did not contain any evidence that Moscow had meddled. “We, as before, do not accept such allegations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Asked on Friday about Russian interference in 2016, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Washington that “we will make very clear to them that this is not acceptable behavior.”

Half a dozen former Trump aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, were charged by Mueller’s office or convicted of crimes during his 22-month-long investigation. The Mueller inquiry spawned a number of other criminal probes by federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere.

One reason it would be difficult to charge Trump is that the Justice Department has a decades-old policy that a sitting president should not be indicted, although the U.S. Constitution is silent on whether a president can face criminal prosecution in court.

Nadler told reporters on Thursday that Mueller probably wrote the report with the intent of providing Congress a road map for future action against the president, but the Democratic congressman said it was too early to talk about impeachment.

But the House Oversight Committee’s Democratic chairman, Elijah Cummings, said impeachment was not ruled out.

“A lot of people keep asking about the question of impeachment … We may very well come to that very soon, but right now let’s make sure we understand what Mueller was doing, understand what Barr was doing, and see the report in an unredacted form and all of the underlying documents,” he told MSNBC.

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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he’s happy the Mueller report showed President Trump did not conspire with Russia, however, he’s still “sickened” by the campaign’s “dishonesty.”

In a statement released Friday regarding the FBI Special Counsel report, the former Massachusetts governor said he was “appalled” with some of the details which emerged about the Trump campaign.

“It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary,” Romney said.

“Even so,” Romney adds, “I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”

Romney goes on to claim the Trump campaign was involved in “dishonesty and misdirection, and “welcomed help from Russia.”

“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia–including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine.”

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate went on to call the report “a sobering revelation of how far we’ve strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

The former governor found himself on Trump’s bad side during the 2016 presidential election when he refused to give the businessman his endorsement, instead endorsing his Republican opponent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


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FILE PHOTO: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) walks to his office on the opening day of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington
FILE PHOTO: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) walks to his office on the opening day of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

April 19, 2019

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday he was “sickened” by the dishonesty of U.S. President Donald Trump and people around him as portrayed in a report on Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election.

Romney, now a U.S. senator from Utah and an off-and-on Trump critic, was responding to the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who described how Trump sought to disrupt the probe into ties between his presidential campaign and Russia.

Mueller did not establish that Trump’s campaign team colluded with Moscow and he did not charge the president with obstructing justice, but the report provided extensive details of Trump’s efforts to thwart the probe.

Romney said it was “good news” that there had been insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiring with a foreign adversary or obstructing justice, which he said could have triggered a constitutional crisis.

“Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia – including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” he added.

Romney was sharply critical of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign before being considered briefly as a candidate for secretary of state in Trump’s administration.

His sharp statement on Friday breaks with the position of other Republicans and the White House, which has declared the report a victory for the president.

Trump has repeatedly dubbed the investigation a “witch hunt” and insisted he did not engage in collusion or obstruction.

Trump remains popular with most Republicans but a potential challenge from someone such as Romney in the Republican primary process next year could complicate Trump’s bid to win a second term in 2020.

Romney lost the 2012 presidential election to Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

Congressional Democrats on Friday took legal action to get hold of all of Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by Diane Craft)

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney says he’s “sickened” by the level of dishonesty the special counsel found in President Donald Trump’s administration.

Romney also said Friday he was “appalled” that, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings, Americans working on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign welcomed election help from Russia.

The one-time GOP presidential nominee tweeted that it’s “good news” Trump was not charged with wrongdoing in the investigation.

But Romney, who’s now a senator from Utah, was critical of what he called the “pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection” at the highest levels of the administration, “including the president.”

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