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Families of missing people swarmed Mexico’s president Sunday after he vowed to ramp up efforts to identify thousands of bodies. They held pictures of their loved ones or pressed large envelopes with details of their cases into his right hand. A woman broke into tears between pleas for help.

The remains of at least 26,000 people are in government custody at forensic institutions across Mexico, waiting to be identified. Thousands more Mexicans are missing, their bodies presumed to be in clandestine graves. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday his government will allot all the resources and manpower necessary – "there’s no financial ceiling" – to identify remains and give families some sense of closure.

The task is monumental: Mexican authorities lack investigative capacity, and few crimes are solved; families themselves search unmarked graves for loved ones; and there’s no nationwide database of DNA to help identify the thousands of remains collected by forensic workers.

Grotesque levels of violence are largely to blame – Mexican authorities opened 33,341 murder cases last year, the highest on record – but so are weak government institutions.

Lopez Obrador called the pile of missing persons cases "the saddest, most painful inheritance" his administration has received since taking office Dec. 1.

Lopez Obrador also said he feels the families’ pain.

"When I go on tour, when I meet families – above all mothers – they pull me, they shake me, they cry. I bear it all because I know what they are suffering without their children and their loved ones," he said.

Guadalupe Fernandez is one of the many mothers searching for her son. Jorge Antonio Robledo Fernandez disappeared 10 years ago, while working as an engineer to build ovens for a steel company in northern Mexico. He was 32. If he’s dead, she would like to at least find his remains.

On Sunday, as every day, Fernandez awoke thinking of what she could do to further the investigation into her son’s whereabouts. She arrived hours before the president’s speech and secured a front-row seat. She took heart in Lopez Obrador’s promise to meet again in three months for a progress report on missing persons, and she felt satisfied, she said, having done something for her son "even on a Sunday."

"I’m going to continue to search for my son until my last breath," she said.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler declared Sunday that he’ll soon seek testimony from Attorney General Bill Barr, as the powerful Democrat openly challenged Barr’s determination that Robert Mueller’s investigation did not produce evidence that President Trump committed obstruction of justice.

For his part, Trump declared a “total exoneration” based on the report, a summary of which Barr transmitted Sunday. Barr’s letter includes clear language that the Mueller probe did not find evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

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However, Mueller did not draw a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, saying the report does not conclude he committed a crime and also “does not exonerate him.” In turn, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence from the case “is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

That line swiftly prompted complaints from Democrats – while also giving them an opening to challenge Barr, despite facing what amounted to a victory lap from Trump, his legal team and his political allies over a report that largely supported their “no collusion” mantra.

“In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future,” Nadler tweeted.

Nadler also said on Twitter there “must be full transparency” on what Mueller uncovered “to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing.”

“DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work,” he said.

Nadler further said that since Mueller did not exonerate Trump on the issue, “we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.”

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The comments from Nadler underscore that Democrats have no intention of accepting Barr’s summary report as-is — amid numerous calls for the full report’s release — or putting the collusion and obstruction issues to rest, as they continue to pursue their own congressional investigations.

Democrats on the same committee also said Sunday that it, “Seems like the Department of Justice is putting matters squarely in Congress’ court,” after the release of the report.

Barr released a summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday in a letter to leadership of both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. The special counsel’s investigation, which lasted for nearly two years, did not find evidence that any members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

But after months of speculation regarding whether the president obstructed justice, beginning when he decided to fire former FBI Director James Comey, Barr revealed that Mueller, after making a “thorough and factual investigation” into the matters, “ultimately decided not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment.”

This kicked the determination to the Justice Department.

“After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues, consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decision, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote, adding that the decision was “not based on the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.”

Barr explained that the government would “need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding.”

“In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department’s principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote.

Nadler’s committee is already leading an investigation into “alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and other abuses of power by President Trump,” which he announced earlier this month. Nadler requested documents and records from 81 individuals and entities connected, in some way, to the president.

Meanwhile, other House Democrats have aggressively ramped up their own Trump-related investigations, which are expected to include a network of committee probes and high-profile hearings that are likely to last well into the 2020 election year.

At this point, the House Intelligence Committee is probing the president’s foreign business dealings and Russian election meddling.  The House Foreign Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., is probing Trump’s foreign business dealings as well.

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Top Republicans cheered the key findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which indicated Mueller did not find proof President Trump colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., called it a “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.”

He continued, “Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down.”

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., wrote: “For two years, Special Counsel Mueller conducted his investigation with every available Justice Department resource at his disposal, and today’s principal conclusions assure every American there was no collusion between Russia and Donald Trump or his campaign. Russia is a bad actor with dark intentions, but there is no evidence that they compromised a presidential nominee. The special counsel’s investigation was long, thorough and conclusive: There was no collusion. There is no constitutional crisis.”

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Collins also took a jab at the panel’s own investigation being led by Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. “Chairman Nadler has the chance to rethink his sprawling investigation, which retreads ground already covered by the special counsel and is already a matter of public record. I hope he recognizes that what may be political fodder for Democrats may not be good for our country.”

For his part, Nadler tweeted that the Justice Department seemed to be “putting matters squarely in Congress’ court.”

“The Special Counsel’s conclusions confirm the President’s account that there was no effort by his campaign to conspire or coordinate with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. “However, Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia’s activities in this regard.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacted: “Our country welcomes this long-overdue conclusion. After two years, two congressional investigations, and now the closure of a Special Counsel investigation with unfettered authority to investigate ‘any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Campaign of President Donald Trump,’ it is abundantly clear, without a shadow of a doubt, there was no collusion. Furthermore, the nearly unlimited scope, resources, and subpoena power of the Special Counsel has allowed his team to fully pursue any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation. This case is closed.”

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said: "I am glad that the special counsel’s investigation has finally drawn to a close and we can put this outrageous chapter behind us. Rather than focus on the issues that affect the lives of everyday Americans, like jobs, health care, and border security, Democrats and their allies in the media have chosen to spend the last 674 days perpetuating conspiracy theories and lies in a shameless effort to discredit a President whose election they still are trying to overturn.”

And, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., wrote: “I appreciate the Attorney General’s quick turnaround in sharing his summary of the Special Counsel’s report. The Attorney General should release as much of the report as possible, without jeopardizing U.S. intelligence sources and methods or ongoing Department of Justice prosecutions.”

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President Trump and his legal team declared total victory Sunday following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings — including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign — but sought to turn the tables by renewing calls to investigate the investigators.

Trump himself slammed the probe as an “illegal takedown,” as he called Mueller’s report a “complete exoneration” and said it was a “shame” his presidency had to deal with the investigation for two years.

“Hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side,” Trump said. “This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side.”

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In case it wasn’t clear what he meant, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News an investigation should be launched into how the investigation began.

“He was being investigated for a crime that never happened,” Giuliani said. “There was never any collusion.”

Giuliani added: "There has to be a full and complete investigation, with at least as much enthusiasm as this one, to figure out where did this charge emanate, who started it, who paid for it.”

The former New York mayor specifically called out one of Trump’s most vocal critics, Rep. Adam Schiff, asking the California lawmaker where the evidence of collusion is that Schiff has said he has.

“Where is Schiff’s evidence?” Giuliani asked. “Where is it? In his head?”

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Earlier in the day, Schiff – the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee – said that despite Mueller handing in the report on Friday without any recommendations for new indictments, that doesn’t mean "there isn’t compelling and incriminating evidence that should be shared with the American people."

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff said his committee wants the full report and the underlying materials made public and will head to court to compel Barr to release them. He says the intelligence committee has an obligation to determine whether the president is compromised in any way, whether criminal or not.

Trump has maintained since the announcement of the special counsel’s investigation that he never colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign. He has long decried the probe as a "witch hunt" while attacking the FBI figures who launched the original Russia probe that was eventually taken over by Mueller in 2017. He and his allies have also questioned what role the unverified and salacious anti-Trump "dossier" played in the probe’s beginnings.

While Barr’s letter on the special counsel’s report says that Mueller found no evidence of coordination with Russia, it did not make a determination on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in the Russia probe. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein determined that evidence gathered by Mueller was insufficient on that front.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Latest on Mozambique Cyclone (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

United States military says President Donald Trump has directed it to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the cyclone that hit Mozambique more than a week ago.

The U.S. Africa Command statement comes three days after Mozambique’s government made a formal request through the international community for aid.

The U.S. statement says AFRICOM provides disaster relief "when it has unique capabilities that can be utilized in the U.S. government’s response."

It says the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa will lead the U.S. military efforts and that its initial assessment has begun at the scene of the disaster.

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The young mother huddled on a wooden boat clutching her 2-year-old daughter, headed for the unknown: The flooded town of Buzi, which thousands have fled with little but the clothes on their backs.

Fishermen’s boats have been ferrying out Buzi’s displaced, sometimes scores of people crammed into a single vessel. But Veronica Fatia was going against the tide, up waters that only recently carried corpses to the sea. She was looking for her mother, hoping she was still alive.

Ten days after the fierce rains and winds roared in, the death toll stood at more than 750 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi — a count that was certain to rise. Thousands of families swept apart by the storm were now seeking to reunite.

After a three-hour journey Fatia stepped carefully out of the boat and walked into the remains of Buzi, a once bustling riverside city of 200,000 now reduced to homelessness and despair.

She passed the shuttered Jesus Saves Bank and a nearby three-story building where residents clustered on the rooftop in search of a signal for their cellphones. She passed people living in the open along the sandy main road. Some were cooking, others building crude shelters. A young boy read a textbook. Her mother might be at the school, Fatia thought.

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In a letter released on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr released the "principal conclusions" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of President Trump, his 2016 campaign and allegations of collusion with Russia.

The four-page letter, addressed to top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, offered key insight into the nearly two-year-long investigation, the results of which were submitted to the Justice Department on Friday.

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Probe does not find collusion between Trump campaign and Russia 

Mueller’s investigation "did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated" with Russians who worked on those hacking efforts "despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign," Barr detailed in his letter.

Insufficient evidence for Trump obstructing justice

The attorney general said that the special counsel conducted a "thorough factual investigation" into whether Trump possibly obstructed justice. Mueller’s office, however, "determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment."

The special counsel "did not draw a conclusion" as to what constituted obstruction of justice, according to Barr’s letter.

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Mueller "recognized" that the lack of evidence that Trump was involved in collusion would undercut any obstruction case — which would depend on showing a corrupt intent by the president. The investigation stated that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Mueller’s office handed over the responsibility of determining "whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime" to the attorney general’s office.

Russian efforts to influence election

The investigation found that "there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election," Barr’s letter stated. The attempts stemmed from a Russian organization and the Russian government.

The first attempt to interfere in the election was by the Russian group, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), "to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election."

In addition, the special counsel’s office found that the Russian government tried to "conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election."

Investigators determined that "Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks."

In total, 26 Russian nationals and three Russian companies have been charged in connection to the investigation.

Mueller referred “other ongoing matters” to other federal offices

Barr said that the special counsel’s office referred "other ongoing matters" to "other offices" in Washington, D.C., "for further action," although Mueller did not recommend further indictments. Barr added that the timeline for processing the report "depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify" information that can’t be released to the public legally, before he determines what can go public.

Thousands of subpoenas issued during investigation

Mueller’s office "issued more than 2,800 subpoenas" and executed nearly 500 search warrants throughout the duration of the investigation, which lasted close to two years.

The office also "obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses" during the probe.

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Many of the Democrats running for president in 2020 responded to the release of key findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation Sunday by saying his report should go public in its entirety.

The findings, detailed in a letter from Attorney General William Barr, indicated that Mueller did not establish evidence President Trump’s team or any associates of the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 election, and did not establish a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice.

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Democrats who reacted after the release of the Mueller report’s summary included Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

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Warren tweeted: “Congress voted 420-0 to release the full Mueller report. Not a "summary" from his handpicked Attorney General. AG Barr, make the full report public. Immediately.”

Booker tweeted: “The American public deserves the full report and findings from the Mueller investigation immediately—not just the in-house summary from a Trump Administration official.”

Gillibrand tweeted: “The Mueller report must be made public. Not just a letter from someone appointed by Trump to protect himself—all of it. The President works for the people, and he is not above the law.”

Harris tweeted: “The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify. That is what transparency looks like. A short letter from Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient.”

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California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a signal to the old guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end.

At an Atlanta church service Sunday, the presidential candidate compared leadership to a relay race in which each generation must ask themselves "what do we do during that period of time when we carry that baton."

Then she added with a smile that for "the older leaders, it also becomes a question of let’s also know when to pass the baton."

At 54 years old, Harris is one of the younger contenders for the White House in 2020. While former Vice President Joe Biden has not said whether he will run, both the 76-year-old and 77-year-old Bernie Sanders have previously run for the White House and fallen short.

Biden and Sanders are seen as strong contenders for the Democratic nomination, though other candidates and some voters have emphasized the need for a more youthful approach to try and beat President Donald Trump in the general election. Several other candidates in the race, including two governor, are also in their late sixties.

Other highlights of Sunday campaigning:

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand assailed President Donald Trump as a coward who is "tearing apart the moral fabric of the vulnerable," as she officially started her campaign for president.

The senator spoke in New York Sunday, feet away from one of Trump’s signature properties, the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

She said that instead of building walls as Trump wants to do along the U.S.-Mexico border, Americans build bridges, community and hope.

Gillibrand also called for full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in the Russia investigation. Attorney General William Barr released a summary Sunday afternoon, but Democrats want to see the full details.

Gillibrand is trying to position herself in the crowded field of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination. While some hopefuls have shied away from mentioning Trump, Gillibrand has not hesitated to do so.

ELIZABETH WARREN

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Sunday the National Rifle Association is holding "Congress hostage" when it comes to stemming gun violence.

The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate tells a campaign rally that if seven children were dying from a mysterious virus, "we’d pull out all the stops till we figured out what was wrong." But in terms of gun violence, she said the NRA "keeps calling the shots in Washington."

Warren finished a two-day campaign trip to New Hampshire with an event at a middle school in Conway Sunday afternoon.

Warren focused much of her speech on her approach to economics, but paid special attention to unions Sunday. She said more power needs to be put back in the hands of workers.

BETO O’ROURKE

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told voters in Las Vegas Sunday that President Donald Trump bears blame for the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border but responsibility lies with everyone in the country to fix the situation.

O’Rourke spoke Sunday to more than 200 people packed into and snaking around a taco shop on the city’s north end. He said immigrant families are leaving their home countries and journeying on foot because they have no other choice.

The former Texas congressman said desperate families were broken up in the U.S. when they were at their most vulnerable and desperate moments, and what happened to them "is on every single one of us."

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Woodall reported from Conway, New Hampshire. Associated Press writers Juana Summers in New York and Michelle Price in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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The mother of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son’s life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him.

Michelle Kenney, mother of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, joined friends of supporters at a vigil Sunday afternoon at the basketball court in the Hawkins Village housing complex in Rankin, where she lives.

"This was definitely his spot right here," Kenney said. "If you was looking for Antwon, you’d find him on the basketball court."

Supporters, she said, put the event together while she was sleeping.

"I haven’t slept in I don’t know how long," she said. "And after the verdict was read, I literally went home and I collapsed."

Several dozen people brought red roses, which they placed on the court, as well as purple ribbons, white flowers and white candles. A poem written by Rose was read, and participants sang "What side are you on my people? What side are you on?" They then joined their hands in prayer.

"We honor the life of this young man…and I pray to God that the young black men in this circle are viewed as young men," said Nathaniel Carter, a North Braddock resident from Amplify Church who was one of the men leading the vigil.

Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld had been charged with homicide in the shooting of Rose last summer. A jury acquitted him after less than four hours of deliberation. Hours after the verdict, gunshots were fired into the law office of his attorney, and the following day hundreds marched in Pittsburgh to protest the outcome of the case.

A prayer vigil scheduled Sunday night at a church in Pittsburgh’s Hill District was to include prayers and singing, according to a flyer sent by organizers.

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Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election, Democrats are going to have to go searching for some other avenue to criticize President Trump.

"They lost on collusion,” Gowdy said on Fox News on Sunday. “They’re going to have to pivot to something else.”

Gowdy, who spent Sunday playing golf with the president in Florida, made his comments shortly after Attorney General William Barr released a letter summarizing the Mueller’s findings from the lengthy investigation. In a four-page letter, Barr wrote that Mueller’s investigation did not find evidence that President Trump’s campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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The letter to Congress also said Mueller’s report "does not exonerate" the president on obstruction and instead "sets out evidence on both sides of the question." Barr said there was not sufficient evidence to determine an obstruction of justice offense against Trump.

Despite the findings in the report that were stated in Barr’s letter, Democrats have vowed to press on with their own investigations.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the House Judiciary Committee chairman, tweeted that Barr’s letter to Congress says that while Trump may have acted to obstruct justice, the government would need to prove that "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Nadler tweeted Congress must hear from Barr about his decision making and see "all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts."

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Earlier in the day, Nadler said Congress and the public deserve to see the underlying evidence, not just a summary of conclusions, to make their own judgments on the Mueller report

Asked how long Democrats will be willing to wait before considering subpoenas, Nadler said, "It won’t be months."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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