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President Donald Trump sent out a tweet claiming "total exoneration" Sunday immediately after Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress saying special counsel Robert Mueller did not uncover evidence the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

"No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!," the president wrote.

Quoting the official Mueller report, Barr wrote to Congress that "The special counsel did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

On the topic of potential obstruction of justice on the part of Trump, Mueller referred the question of criminality to the attorney general.

"While this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it does not exonerate him," Barr wrote, quoting the report.

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While spending the weekend with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., celebrated the results of special counsel Robert Mueller's report with a series of tweets, saying it was a "bad day for those hoping [the report] would take President Trump down."

"I have just received topline findings from Attorney General [William] Barr. 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.

"Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down.

"Great job by Mr. Mueller and his team to thoroughly examine all things Russia. Now it is time to move on, govern the country, and get ready to combat Russia and other foreign actors ahead of 2020."

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Celebrating "no collusion and no obstruction" as reported by Attorney General William Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, President Donald Trump claimed "complete and total exoneration."

"Collusion, the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard," President Trump told the media before boarding Air Force One, leaving Florida's Mar-a-Lago during a weekend away from the White House. "No collusion and no obstruction.

"Complete and total exoneration." 

President Trump called the witch hunt of his administration and campaign "an illegal takedown that failed."

"It's a shame our country has had to go through this," he said. "It is a shame your president had to go through this."

President Trump also expressed hope "the other side of this" will be investigated, suggesting potential investigative abuses of FISA warrants and investigating the political opposition.

"The president was totally vindicated," Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News after Trump's statement to the media. "And investigation by people who hate him."

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Democrat commentator Donna Brazile said Sunday that U.S. voters should "celebrate" that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation determined "the Russians had no help from Americans” during the 2016 election.

In remarks on Fox News regarding Attorney General William Barr's release Sunday of a summary of the Mueller probe, Brazile, who has served as chair of the National Democratic Committee and now works as a Fox commentator, said she hopes, however, Americans will take time to "absorb" the news.

"We have to evaluate," she said.

"We were told just a few minutes ago what was in the report, we have not seen any of the summaries," she cautioned. "I mean, I want to believe when I heard . . . the Russians had no help from Americans. I want to believe that because I understand Mr. Mueller interviewed 500 people, had 2,900 subpoenas, I want to believe that that occurred.

"And I trust the fact because I have never spent one day on air criticizing the Justice Department, the president has," she continued.

"All I'm asking is give the American people opportunity to absorb the information."

She also said "democracy today is still on trial."

"As our president, [Donald Trump] needs to understand that this rises above just himself and his party but it calls upon us as Americans to look at ourselves and say, 'OK, the Russians were at it, they did not get us.'

"But the president of the United States now needs to understand that our democracy must be protected, if he's able to do that, then the victory, his victory, it is our victory because we have to protect our country."

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The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, said on Sunday his panel would call Attorney General William Barr to testify shortly, citing concerns over Barr's conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe report.

"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 said on Twitter.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Sunday the Department of Justice's findings on the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were a "total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win, found no evidence that any member of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russia during the election.

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Most voters think President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of collusion between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia, a Fox News poll found.

The survey released Sunday, showed 52 percent of respondents think Trump has tried to interfere, while 36 percent said he has not.

In other findings, the poll found:

  • 52 percent of voters approve of Mueller's investigation; 36 percent disapprove. 
  • 29 percent trust Trump to tell the truth on the Russia matter compared with 45 percent who trust Mueller.
  • 44 percent say Trump coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign; 42 percent disagreed. 
  • 80 percent of respondents say the Mueller report should be made public; 11 percent say it should not.
  • 41 percent say there is "no chance at all" Mueller's report will change their opinion of the president; 50 percent say there is at least a small chance their opinion could change.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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If special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, House Democrats won’t either, a former campaign adviser said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michael Caputo, who served as a political adviser to Trump’s campaign in late 2015 and early 2016, said he’s “relieved” the Mueller probe is now over.

“I’m one of dozens of witnesses who have gone through this and as just a witness, I’m going to be able to press play as soon as this is all out there,” he declared.

Caputo, who angrily called for “an investigation of the investigators” last year, lamented Sunday his family “had our lives on pause for two years” — and added that he lost both his home and business.

He added that his testimony before congressional committees was nothing in comparison to with working with the Mueller’s investigators, whom he called “the most impressive array of investigatory talent the American government has assembled in the 21st century.”

“I don’t care what the House Democrats want to go after from here forward, if Mueller can’t find it, they’re not going to find it,” he said.

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President Donald Trump's tweet on withdrawal of North Korea sanctions was unprecedented and "shouldn't have happened that way," according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"I've never seen that before from this or any administration, so something happened here," Sen. Rubio told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Undoing sanctions requires "a long interagency process," Rubio told host Chuck Todd, adding President Trump acting unilaterally is "unusual" and unprecedented.

"Frankly, look, I think people around the world would look at it and say from now on, when they hear about sanctions, they're going to ask for a double confirmation from the White House," Rubio told Todd.

"So, look, I wish it hadn't happened that way, and it shouldn't have happened that way."

The Treasury Department announced large scale sanctions against North Korea for their nuclear weapons program, but President Trump quickly tweeted a revocation of them shortly after Friday:

"It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale sanctions would be added to those already existing sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional sanctions!"

Rubio's rejection of President Trump's work to denuclearize North Korea, negotiating with Kim Jong Un is based on skepticism on the part of Kim, not any doubt about Trump. 

"I would love for Kim Jong Un to give up his weapons and everything else," Rubio said. "And I don't criticize the president for trying. I just never believed he would. I don't believe he ever will.

"I'm not skeptical because I want it to fail; I'm skeptical because I believe it will fail."

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The race for 5G — the next generation of broadband connection — is currently being won by China, and that could ultimately imperil America, according to commentator Newt Gingrich.

In his latest podcast, and in a commentary for Fox News, the former GOP House Speaker warns “If America does not get its act together, catch up, and do what it takes to win, we are very likely going to end up in a Chinese-dominated world.”

According to Gingrich, the country that wins the 5G technology race “will dominate economically, militarily, and in sheer knowledge.“

“This next generation technology will vastly expand our connectivity and dramatically change our everyday lives,” he writes. “It is so powerful and offers so many opportunities and potential threats, it will fundamentally change the world in which we live.”

The “full deployment” of 5G is destined to be “the backbone of autonomous manufacturing, smart homes, self-driving cars, real-time virtual reality” and other “life-changing technologies,” Gingrich writes.

And that means a multitude of risks.

“If the global system that is built isn’t fully secure, the data that flows through the system will be up for grabs,” he writes, allowing “bad actors” — and governments — “to know who you call, what’s in your bank account, what’s in your health records, and where you physically are at all times.”

“Consider how radically different our lives would be if a totalitarian dictatorship had that kind of access – and control – on our economy, national security, and our daily lives,” he writes.

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