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the middle east, the future battleground might be there in west africa where the u.s. has significant boots on the ground. "early start" continues right now. >> this was an illegal takedown that failed. >> no collusion. maybe obstruction. robert mueller says the trump campaign did not conspire with the russians but leaves one major question unanswered. welcome to our viewers in the u.s. and around the world. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. it is monday, march 25th. the investigation has boiled down to four pages and two words to the president mattered. no collusion. the takeaways have been made public in that four page letter
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from bill barr to congress. the full mueller report not public yet if ever it sees the light of day, but the top headline, what the president has been saying from the start. no collusion. >> the attorney general quoted mueller saying the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities. that means no one will face charges for con spishispiring w russians. even in that in-iffamous trump tower meeting. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it is a shame that our country had to go through this. to be honest, it is a shame this your president has had to go through this. this was an illegal takedown that failed. and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side. >> looking at the other side.
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on the obstruction of justice question, the special counsel decided not to render judgment. here is barr again quoting mueller. while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. mueller left the ultimate decision on obstruction to the attorney general who was appointed by the president. remember a year ago barr wrote a memo saying he considered the obstruction investigation, quote, fatally misconceived. >> in the letter to congress, barr cleared the president of be on instruction and leaned on mueller's findings. he writes the absence of such evidence bears upon the president's intent with respect to obstruction. in other words, since there was no collusion, there could not be obstruction for firing james comb even though president trump said this -- >> regardless of recommendation, i was going to fire comey knowing that there was no good time to do it. and in fact, when i decided to
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just do it, i said to myself, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia is a made up story, it is an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election that they should have won. >> comey himself tweeted this pensive picture with these words, so many questions. >> a highly charged bitterly guide reaction in congress to the mule remember repoeller rep. sarah westwood is live with what is next. >> reporter: house democrats are eager to hear from bill barr themselves. jerry nadler said yesterday that he looks forward to hearing from barr in the near future. they want to know why barr concluded so quickly that president trump did not commit obstruction. that is what the democratic chairman of the house judiciary intelligence and oversight committee said yesterday.
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they wrote it is unacceptable that after 22 months uncovering the evidence the attorney general made a decision not charge the president in under 48 hours. but even as they are septembkep republicans are emboldened by the fact that mueller concluded that there was no collusion between president trump and russia and there was no collusion between his campaign and russia. lindsey graham was in florida with trump and he wrote good day for the rule of law. great day for president trump and his team. no collusion and no obstruction. the cloud hanging over president trump has been removed by this report. and doug collins the ranking republican on the house judiciary committee said he hopes testimonies now drop their probes into president trump although those lines of inquiry go far beyond the question of russian collusion. the house judiciary committee has issued subpoenas for 81 people and entities -- not subpoenas, excuse me, requests for testimony or documents from
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81 people and entities related to president trump. nadler says democrats are prepared to use subpoenas to make people honor those requests. and nadler speaking both before and after the relieves ba-- release of barr he letter is not ready to let it go. take a listen. >> president trump is wrong. this report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration. the attorney general's comments make it clear that congress must step into get the truth and provide full transparency to the american people. >> obviously we know there was some collusion. there have been obstructions of justice. whether they are criminal is another question. what congress has to do is look at a broader picture. we have the responsibility of protecting the rule of law, of looking at obstructions of
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justice, abuses of power and corruption. >> a white house adviser tells cnn that there are concerns that the president could overreach in this victory lap on the mueller report which he has already begun taking, that the president could say something that could cause you more trouble for him with the public. the president has a withdrawral thursday this grand rapids, so stay tuned for what else the president might have to say about the end of the russia investigation. >> thank you, sarah. and just to note, before the report was made public, marco rubio and ted cruz both said they want to see the entire report. have any republicans come out after it was released and said they want to see the entire thing? >> reporter: there has been a theme throughout the responses of democrats and republicans that they do want to see the underlying evidence of why mueller concluded what he did. and there has been for example from mitch mcconnell some concerns expressed about what barr wrote in his letter that russia clearly did interfere in
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the 2016 election and that they are in a position to do so again. >> that is probably the most important thing to come out of this. but the fight will continue on both sides. sarah, thanks. even with the report summary out, there are many lingering questions. chief among them, why so much smoke if there was no fire. court filings established senior trump associates were eager to accept help from the russians. prosecutors zeroed in on trump's one time chairman paul manafort and his extensive connections to russia and including one associate with ties to russian intelligence. >> manafort passed trump campaign polling data to that associate while he was overseeing the trump campaign. prosecutors said that move was at the heart of their investigation. >> nor has the smoke cleared around one roger stone. mueller claimed stone was coordinating with trump campaign officials at the same time he talked to wikileaks about the
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release of emails 12stolen from democrats. and michael cohen tried to clear this up last month. >> stone told mr. trump that he had just gotten off the phone with julian assange and that mr. assange told mr. stone that within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage hillary clinton's campaign. >> certainly the president sees this as being absolved by mueller, but the investigation spawned by mueller's probe brought down several members of trump's inner circle, among 37 criminal defendants charged by mueller, accept haseven have pl guilty. cohen implicated the president in a hush money case spawned by the mueller probe. >> for the record, individual number one is president donald
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j. trump. >> and legal trouble still lurks for the president. among the targets, the trump inaugural committee and the trump organization and the president also being investigated for alleged insurance fraud. even if there was no collusion, offshoots of the mueller probe are just gaining steam. also important to keep in mind, what mueller did uncover, the special counsel charging 12 russian military officers in a sophisticated kremlin hacking operation against democrats and 13 members of a russian troll farm accused of trying to manipulate american voters on social media. russia attacked our democracy and it remains a threat. >> the president's nonstop witch hunt rhetoric may have made him the prime focus, but russia interference is the core issue. it was ambitious and brazen and it is ongoing. the president has sided with vladimir putin over his own intelligence, but the entire
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intel apparatus agrees that moscow is not slowing down its sbhfr interference campaign. ahead, for the second time in a week, the parkland florida community is in mourning. two students commit suicide a year after the massacre that left classmates struggling to cope.
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4:14. for the second time in a week, a marjory stoneman douglas high school student has died of an apparent suicide. the student has not been identified and it is unclear whether there was a direct connection to last year's massacre at the school. the parkland community was already mourning the passing of sydney aiello. she lived through the school shooting but suffered with survivor's guilt. >> ckaylee hartung spoke with ryan petty. his daughter did not survive the tragedy. >> there are been a number of
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resources including options for counselinging, but unfortunately sometimes there are stigmas associated with getting help for menlet mental illness. so unfortunately some students are not a favailing themselves those opportunities and some parents are not understanding that the risks of anxiety and depression. >> if someone you know or you might be at risk of suicide, you can call the national suicide prevention life line at 1-800-273-8255. cnn has lenn learned pilots the three american carriers that fly the boeing 737 max planes tested software upgrades this weekend. the fament a h achlfaa has said
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similarities between the crashes. the updated software uses software from two sensors rather than one. boeing says it is part of our ongoing effort to share more details about our plan for supporting the safe return of the 737 max to commercial service. boeing under microscope on wall street. the aircraft manufactures has said more than $40 billion in market value since the fatal ethiopian crash on march 10th. the ceo dennis muilenburg said in a letter last week safety a top concern, ensuring safe and reliable travel is an ensudurin value and our absolute commitment to anyone. american learns said sunday it is canceling about 90 flight as day through april 24th. before sunday's announcement, it had only canceled flights through the end of march. other care ye
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carriers are not chance liancel far out. southwest is canceling five days out at this point. and that was the wild scene aboard a viking sky cruise ship which is decked in western norway. it had engine failure and 25-foot waves. rescue teams air lifting 479 people from the investigational as it drifted in stormy seas with 1300 passengers and crew on board. you see the water rushing in to the ship where peoples were waiting to be evacuated. >> furniture would slide across the room, collislide back. and with it came people and glass. it was a very dangerous situation frankly. >> the guy came down from the helicopter, one of the coast guards, snapped my belt and said hold it and shot me up about 100 feet in the air and on to the
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helicopter. >> some vacation. 20 people suffered injuries. viking has canceled the ship's next voyage which had been scheduled to depart wednesday. nebraska's historic flooding is hitting ranchers and farmers especially hard. emergency shipments of hay are being driven in and air dropped to save surviving livestock. farmers say they had to abandon their livestock and harvest. south dakota is also struggling for basics. for about two weeks, extreme weather and bad roads are left some stranded with limited food and water. emergency rations can only reach parts of the back country by horse, boat and helicopter. apple is looking to reinvent itself by entering the television and news industries. the company is expected to unveil its new services business that will involve tv shows,
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with a thrilling 77-76 win against the university of central florida. it was zion williams leading wait with 32 points. ten s tennessee also moving on dwe t defeating iowa in over time. the sweet 16 starts thursday. all four number one seeds moving on. >> you have to work hard to blow out your bracket as badly as i have. >> go big and you did. >> takes talent to be as bad as i was. 20 past the hour. breaking overnight, another rocket attack on central israel. benjamin netanyahu will now cut his trip to the u.s. short. we'll go live to the site of that attack.
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breaking overnight, a rocket fired from gaza hit a house in central israel setting it on fire and injuring seven people. this is the same day benjamin netanyahu is set to meet with president trump at the white house. let's bring in oren liebermann live in central israel. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dave. i'm standing in front of the house where the rocket from gaza landed. you can see the damage to the house. it land just after 5:00 in the morning ripping apart the roof essentially and sending shrapnel all in the area. we're standing next to a car that was torn apart. some other homes here were damaged as well. according to the emergency response services, seven people were injured inside this house including two women and two
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young children who suffered shrapnel damage. this is the farthest a rocket has been fired from gaza. and also the timing of this, rockets are rarely if ever fired at first light in the morning. normally they are fired overnight. so that will be one of the key questions so to why and who fired this rocket. israel has closed the two border crossings into gaza. and netanyahu was set to meet with donald trump today. and he will still have that mighting but then he will immediately return to israel and he said that they will respond with force to this rocket attack. >> oren liebermann, thank you. from cries of a witch hunt to this -- >> america is the greatest place on earth. >> the president taking his victory lap. his campaign was cleared of collusion. but robert mueller did not rule on obstruction of justice.
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this was an illegal takedown that failed. >> no collusion. no decision on obstruction at least from robert mueller. robert mueller says the trump campaign did not conspire with the russians. >> welcome back. i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans. we welcome all of our viewers here in the united states and around the world. the big news here, the takeaway from the spk investigation have been made public in a four pageler from bill barr to congress. the full mueller report not public yet. but the top headline, as the president has been saying from the start, no collusion. >> the attorney general quoted mueller saying the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired
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or coordinated with the russian government in its election interference activities. that means no one will face charges for conspiring with the russians even in that famous trump tower meeting in 2016. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it is a shame that our country had to go through this. to be honest, it is a shame this your president has had to go through this. this was an illegal takedown that failed. and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side. >> on the obstruction of justice question, the special counsel decided not to render judgment. here is barr again quoting mueller. while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. mueller left the ultimate decision on obstruction to the attorney general who was appointed by the president.
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>> on obstruction of justice, the story is more complicated and the result has described in this letter is frankly peculiar and not really something that was even contemplated by the regulation regulations. robert mueller was appointed because the political appointees in the department of justice, the attorney general, deputy attorney general, had a conflict of interest because the target of this investigation was the president. so he was supposed to make the judgments about the president. instead of doing that, he seems to have punted the decision over to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general. it is not precisely clear the way the letter is written whether mueller reached anymore conclusions about whether the president should be indicted or not. >> remember, a year ago barr wrote a memo saying that he considered the obstruction investigation, quote, fatally m misconceived. in a letter to lawmakers, barr
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cleared the president of obstruction and leaned heavily on mueller's findings about collusion to do so, writing the absence of such evidence bears upon the president's intent with respect to obstruction. in other words, since there was no collusion with russia, there could not be obstruction for firing fbi director james comey. comey himself tweeted this pensive picture with the words "so many questions." republicans and the president celebrated the summary of the mueller report. but you can expect a bitter divided reaction in congress. sarah westwood, we're looking over the morning papers. the new york "post," no collusion, no obstruction, two years of hysteria ends in trump vindication. these headlines look like -- >> necessary are front pages of history. really just two words on all of them them. and they focus more on no conspiracy, that after all is the criminal case. these are once fake news but the
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president will certainly tout them. >> so sarah, what is next in congress? >> reporter: house democrats still have a lot of questions about the investigation. jerry nadler said yesterday that democrats expect attorney general bill barr to testify sometime in the near future. obviously democrats are septemb skeptical of the decision to clear the president of obstruction just couple days after receiving that report from mueller.democrat mueller. they say in a statement it is unacceptable that after mueller spent 22 months meticulously uncovering the evidence, attorney general barr made a decision not to charge the president in under 48 hours. but even as democrats are expressing skepticism of that decision, republicans are emboldened by the apparent conclusion from mueller that the
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president did not conspire with russia during the 2016 election and that no one from his campaign colluded with russia during the 2016 election. for example, senator emergency, emergency, -- lindsey graham who is with the president in florida wrote on twitter good day for the rule of law. great day for president trump and his team. no collusion and no obstruction. the cloud hanging over president trump has been removed by this report. doug collins is the ranking republican on the house judiciary committee and he said after barr released his letter the democrats should drop their other probes into president trump now that mueller has rendered his verdict. but nadler has made clear that is not going to happen. democrats have already issued requests for documents or testimony from 81 people or entities associated with president trump and democrats have made clear that they will be willing to use the power of the subpoena to enforce those requests. speaking both before and after the barr letter was delivered to congress yesterday, nadler made
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clear that democrats are not going to stop investigating president trump just because the special counsel's work is done. take a listen. >> president trump is wrong. this report does not amount to a so-called total exoneration. the attorney general's comments make it clear that congress must step into get the truth and provide full transparency to the american people. >> obviously we know there was some collusion, there have been be on instructions of justice clearly whether they are criminal is another question. what congress has to do is look at a broader picture. we are in charge -- we have the responsibility of vindicating -- of protecting the rule of law, of looking at obstructions of law, abuses of power, at corruption. >> reporter: now, white house adviser tells cnn that there are concerns that the president could overreach when he is taking his victory lap after the conclusion of the russia
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investigation. we've already seen the president start to do that, but there are concerns among white house advisers that the president could say something that could cause even more trouble for himself with the public. trump has a rally in michigan on thursday, so we could hear more from the president about the end of the investigation. >>le it lit will be fascinatin. yes, there is a concern that the president could overreach and also that the democrats could over reach and as michael goodwin says, finally the big lie dies. but if democrats keep going after the investigation, maybe that causes blowback. sarah, thank you so much. >> the fight is far from over. not clear whether the american people will actually see the mueller report. that decision is up to the attorney general bill barr. his review includes material subject on what is call federal rule 6 which essentially says that the justice department won't release damaging information about people if they are not charged with a crime. but we've already seen at least one notable exception.
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>> although we did not find clear evidence that secretary clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information. >> now, cnn has reported white house lawyers want to scour the mueller report before it goes to congress to exert executive privilege where they consider it necessary. president trump was never interviewed in person by mueller's team. his lawyers submitted written answers covering the time up until the election which would not be covered by privilege. >> barr says he favors transparency with caution. >> my goal will be to provide as much transparency as i can consistent with the law. >> democrats are prepared to fight to get the entire report released. >> you should not then hide the
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evidence because that converts it into a coverup. congress needs that evidence and the american people need that evidence and that information to make judgments. >> even with the report summary out, there are still questions. chief among them, why so much smoke if there was no fire. court filings established senior trump associates were eager to help accept from the russians. >> prosecutors zeroed in on paul manafort and his extensive connections to russians including one associate with ties to russian intelligence. manafort passed polling data to that associate. prosecutors say that was at the heart of their investigation. >> nor has the smoke cleared around roger stone. mueller claims that stone was coordinating with trump campaign officials at the same time he talked to wicks about tkileaks s from democrats. >> even though the president may
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be absolved by mueller, investigations spawned by mueller's probe brought down several members of the inner circle, among 37 criminal defendants, there have been seven who pled guilty including manafort, his deputy rick gates, michael flynn and of course michael cohen his long time fixer and personal lawyer. >> cohen implicated the president in a hush money case. >> for the record, individual number one is president donald j. trump. >> and legal trouble still lurks for the president and his inner circle. other investigations are picking up momentum. >> among the targets, the trump inaugural committee and the trump organization and also being investigated for alleged insurance fraud. >> did the president ever provide inflated assets to an insurance company? >> yes. >> it is important to keep in
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mind what mueller did uncover, the special counsel charged 12 russian military officers in a sophisticated kremlin hacking operation against democrats and 13 members of a russian troll farm accused of trying to manipulate american voters on social media. russia attacked american democracy and remains a threat. >> the president's nonstop witch hunt rhetoric may have made him a prime focus, but russian interference has always been the core issue. it was ambitious and it is ongoing. the president has sided with vladimir putin over his own intelligence community, but the intel says russia will not slow down its intervention. imagine this on your cruise ship -- passengers finally safely back on shore after nearly a day at sea.
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for the second time in a week, a marjory stoneman douglas high school student has died of an apparent suicide. the student has not been identify. it is unclear whether there was a direct connection to last year's shooting massacre at the school. the parkland community was already mourning the passing of sydney aiello. she sufrned from s she suffered from survivor's guilt. >> kaylee hartung spoke with ryan petty. his son survived the tragedy, but his daughter did not. >> there have been a number of resources including options for counseling, but unfortunately, sometimes there are stigmas associated with getting help for mental illness, for depression and anxiety, for the trauma that they have all suffered. and so unfortunately some students are not availing themselves of those opportunities and some parents are not understanding that the
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risks of anxiety and depression. >> if you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, you can call the national suicide prevention life line at 1-800-273-8255. cnn has learned pilots from the three american carriers that fly boeing 737 max planes tested software upgrades in a simulator this weekend. the changes are intended to decrease the chances of triggering the system believed to have played a role in the lion air crash back in october. the faa says there are similarities between that accident and the crash in ethiopia earlier this month. the updated software uses input from two sensors on the nose of the plane rather than just one. that was the wild scene aboard a viking sky cruise ship which is now docked in western
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norw norway. rescue teams air lifting 479 from the investigation system as it drifted in stormy seas. 1300 passengers and crew on board. you see there the water rushing in to areas of the ship where passengers were waiting to be evacuated. 20 people suffering injuries, viking has canceled the ship's next voyage which had been scheduled to depart wednesday. all right. virgin airlines chairman richard branson is joining the call for a new popular vote on brexit. in a blog post branson said the united kingdom is still dangerously close to the full scale disaster of a no deal brexit adding this, the uk government must now put all options on the table and giving the people a final say must be one of these options. branson's post went up a day before hundreds of thousands of marchers filled the streets of
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london calling for a new vote. branson has been a long time opponent of brexit. before the original vote, he called the idea of brexit pretty catastrophic for the long term future of great britain and a financial disaster. so far theresa may has rejected the idea of a new vote. nebraska's historic flooding hitti hitting rancher and farmers are especially hard. farmers in parts of nebraska and iowa say they had too little time to escape floodwaters, so they abandoned livestock and harvests. south dakota's pine ridge indian reservation struggling for basics. extreme weather and bad roads have left some people stranded with limited food and water. lindsey graham rations are only able to reach parts of the back country by horse, boat and helicopter. a major recall of avocados
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nasdaq down 2.5%. it was the worst performance since january 3. for the year good to point out that markets are still up substantially not year. the dow, nasdaq, look at that nasdaq up 15%. there is a feeling frankly that markets have done very, very well and global growth could slow down the u.s. thanks for joining us. >> we'll see you tomorrow. morning. welcome to a special early edition of your "new day." it is 5:00 in the east. president trump and his allies taking a victory lap this morning after months of claiming no collusion, president trump says he is vindicated by the mueller report. in a letter summarizing the special counsel's investigation, attorney general william barr says mueller did not find that
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the president, his campaign or his associates conspired with russia. on the question of obstruction, the mueller report did not conclude the president committed a crime, but also did not exonerate him strangely. mueller did not decide to charge the president with obstruction of justice. he punted on that decision. attorney general barr and deputy attorney generaled rod rosenstein chose not to charge the president saying there was no sufficient evidence to support a prosecution. >> president trump exall of theed halted in the results even as he blasted the investigation, he called it an illegal takedown that failed. and even though the mueller report explicitly says it did not good on raexxon rate the pr obstruction, the president called it a complete and total exoneration. congressional democrats want to see the evidence that the mueller team gathered on ob strus obstruction. but democrats also have questions to answer particularly
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those who claimed up until this point that they did see clear evidence of collusion. we want to begin with sara murray live in washington. sarah i sara, you've covered this for so long. such a big moment. >> it is a huge moment and there is no doubt the attorney general's summary of robert mueller's investigation of those major findings is a huge victory for president trump. but it is also raising new questions about obstruction of justice and we could still be in for a lengthy political and even legal battle ahead. >> reporter: attorney general william barr releasing a four page summary of special counsel robert mueller's report concluding that investigators found no evidence that president trump or his campaign conspired or coordinated with russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 u.s. presidential election. this despite multiple offers from russian affiliated individuals to assist the trump campaign. president trump and his allies seizing on the

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