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the attorney general's report on the mueller investigation does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does noton ate him. but the white house has been exuberant about the results. >> it was a complete and total exoneration. it's a shame that our country had to go through this. a massive pileup, how the multi-car chain reaction happened. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu arrived in the u.s. just days before ections back home.as president controversy over herewith golan heights pronouncement. spring hail blankets texas. we'll tell you what your week is
looking like. for the first time in decade, all one, two, and three seeds advance to the sweet 16. get ready for a new week. "early today" starts right now. >> good morning, i'm marlie hall. >> i'm frances riverar after ne two years we finally have answers from the russia probe. for 22 month special counsel robert mueller's investigation captured the attention of the country, a source of intrigue that spurred breathless debates on and around our dinner tables. the scope of the investigation was unparalleled with 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, and 500 witnesses interviewed. now after poringver mueller's final report, attorney general william barr has delivered his principal conclusions. the special counsel found the thep campaign did not help russians meddle in the election. as for whether mr. trump obstructed justice, the report did not conclude the president committed a crime, but itdo als not exonerate him.
>> reporter: the summary says robert mueller looked at the now-familiar actions by the president to see if they amnted to obstruction of justice. that would include the firing of the fbi director, james coy. president trump told lester that he fired comey because of the russia meddling investigation. >> when i decided to just do it i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thinwith trump and russia is a made-up story. >> reporter: other public actions include comey's claim that the president aed the fbi to go easy on michael flynn. and there was the president's constant criticism of mueller himself. but barr's letter says mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or the otherbout whether any of that amounted to obstruction. muelles report quote does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him. y rr says he and the deput attorney general, rod rosenstein, concluded that conduct did not reach the threshold of a crime. part of their reason, they said, is they found no other crime the president would have been trying
to cover up. as for mueller's central assignment the letter says the special counsel did not find that the trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with the russians to interfere in the election. no invvement, mueller concluded, with the russian-led hacking into democratic computers or the phony socl media accounts set up by russian intelligence to spread disinformation. that's despite, the report says, multiple offers from russia-affiliated individuals to assist the trump cam the letter also discloses new details about the sheer scope of mueller's investigation, issuing an astonishing 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, and interviewing 500 separate witnesses. barr says he intends to release more information about the mueller report but will need mueller's help in determining what cannot be disclosed becausl of fedaws governing grand jury secrecy. barr's letter sayse'll also need to withhold any information in the mueller report that mighi affeestigations currently
under way. he doesn't say which ones. so there's no way to know now how much longer we'll have to wait before more information is revealed. frances? >> all right, pete williams thank you. president trump and his team arortreating the mueller rep as a major victory. sources tell nbc news the mood on air force one was jubilant during their flight back fm florida. and on twitter t president claimed total exoneration. let's go toracie potts live in d.c. >> reporter: good morning. we saw the president doing this bigry lap over the weekend. when he arrived back at the white house from florida andea ier when the president did say he's been exonerated. >> it was a complete andotal exoneration. it's a shame that our country had to go through this. t' be honest, a shame that your president has had to go
through this f before i even got elected it began. and it began illegall and hopefully somebody's going to look at the other side.as this an illegal takedown that failed. >> reporter: now as you just heard pete report, it was not a total exoneration. mueller left the question up in the air of obstruction of justice, didn't make a decision. there was evidence on both sides, so the justice departmend deciot to pursue it. but here's how the legal team explains why there was no prosecution on obstruction when the eledence wasn't. >> we think it' a complete exoneration of the president. certainly it's quite clear no collusion of any kind. as to the obstruction, the key there is that the attorney general and the deputy attorney general made the conclusion that you don't have obstruction when there's no underlying crime. >> reporter: we can get more
reaction and we expect to get more reactn on this today. certainly it's the biggest story happening in washington,areally nd the country right now. democrats, though, are still pushing for that full report and the evidence, because their investigations are continuing. marlie >> it's not over yet, thank you. whileonhat investigas over, the fight is just getting started in congress. as republicans cheer the results, top democrats say, not so fast, calling on attorney general barr to release all the findings from the report. >> we cannot simply rely on what may be a hasty, partisan interpretation of te facts. his should end the debate once a for all, and america should come first. >> we turn tont nbc's kasie hu for more. >> reporter: republicans in congress triumphant. no collusion and no obstruction, senator lindsey graham writing on twitter. the cloud hanging over president trump has been removed by this report. republican leader kev mccarthy saying in a statement, quote,
this case is closed. but democratic leaders questioning the integrity of am barr general wil after mueller didn't reach a conclusion about whether the president obstructed justice. but barr and deputy rod rosenstein decided the president should not be prosecuted for obstruction. chuc schumer and nancy pelos writing in a statement, quote, ublic record r's of bias against the special counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report. >> the mueller report must be made public for a full hat happened. and the attorney general of the united states must be required to ce and testify before congrer:. >> reporte house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler already announcing he plans to call barr to testify before congress. just because the mueller investigation has concluded doesn't mean the investigations stopn capitolhill.
the senate intelligence committee is wrapping up its investigation into russian interference in the election. t buhe house intelligence committee will continue ltoking the president's connections to russia. and the house judiciary committee is already investigating potential obstruction of justice, political corruption, and abuse of power. democrats friday sending letters to nine government agenciesde nding they preserve any documents related to the probe. >> we know there are lots of investigations going on, and by other agencies, the southern district of new york, the eastern district of virgin, et cetera. there may be indictments from them. so the story's not over. >> all right, thanks to kasie hunt for that report. we're also starting to see reaction t mtheller report out of russia. let's go to nbc's geoffutmore live in moscow. >> reporter: good morning, marlie. as far as the official government line is concerned, they're saying we have not seen the report. so it is a cautious reaction here. sources telling us, mthough, f the kremlin, that there is none
news as far as the mueller report is concerned, that those stories around interference from russia are an old narrative as far as the kremlin is concerned. what we haveseen, though, is some russian lawmakers getting on the front foot and saying, now that the mueller rort has been presented and has found no grounds for collusion, maybe here's an opportunity for a reset in relations between washington and moscow. other lawmakers pointing out that they feel that the whole report was an exercise in demonizing russia. so as you can imagine, therere some here who are welcoming the fact that there was n finding of collusion, although it has to be said, there was still indictments of 25 russian nationals over the course of the 22-month investigation. back to you. you.ll right, geoff, thank
a nightmare at sea is finally over for hundreds ofse cr passengers. cruise ship passengers who were stranded in rough waters off the coast of norway. after makg it back to land, many of the rescued vacationers e now receiving treatment. for more we go to nbc's keir simmons. >> reporter: dramatic scenes as an d83-year-ol american man is lifted to safety. ryan flynn filming his bad lifted to a rescue chopper high above. >> what a way to see norway. >> reporter: it was a dream vacation turned neghtmare. >>f the big hatches blew righ out. about eight feet of water rushed in, flattened people, flattened all of us. it felt like the "titanic." >> reporter: the viking sky was off theoast saturday when it lost engine power. a massive storm system causedt violen seas and high winds, battling the cruise liner and pushing it towards treacherous rocks.
aboard over 900 a mostlymerican and british passengers. sitting in fro of me, all of a sudden she was gone. t and i thoughthis was it. >> reporter: helicopter crews launched a daring rescue mission, plucking nearly 500 passengers from the ship one by ee. the cruisiner made it to port under its own power with the help of a few tugboats. the remaining passengers finally back in harbor. what wast like when you got to land? >> ing. crying. >> reporter: some are already on their way home, traveling by air is time, not sea.er ght, the 27 passengers from this cruise ship llspitalized, 13 were s in the hospital, one in critical condition. ey've suffered cuts, fractures, and understandably, frances, trauma. frances? >> i cannot even imagine. keir simmons, thank you. severe spring storms produced dangerous hail in north texas piling up across neighborhoods around dallas. these tertsfying momenere captured on video by witnesses
who report seeing some hail the size of golf balls. ofcials say there was only minor damage to vehicles and some property. >> the las place youeally want those flooding storms, the midwest. are they going to get it even more here? >> not in the beginning of the week a little bit over the weekend, then more at the end of this week. we could see more hail likehat today in areas of alabama. that's one of the concerns. e river flood map. we're still watching areas of the mississippi river, still in gejor flood s in many areas north of st. louis, up towards davenport. the big sioux river, the areas around dell rapids, the town is sandbagged. it looks like they may have crested over the louisiana that's a little short of what was predicted. that's one of the stories we'll be watching as we t gooughout the day today. here's a closer look at your day ahead. we areg watchinat rain and storm system moving from areas of the middle of the country through the southeast today. as mentioned we could see isolated strong to severe storms rt storms, especially in aas
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