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Fight over Mueller report and Trump Russia investigation isn’t over

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President Donald J. Trump walks out to announce a deal with congressional leaders to temporarily reopen the government while talks continue on his demand for border wall money, on the 35th day of the partial government shutdown, the longest in US history, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump quickly claimed “complete and total exoneration” on Sunday, while his campaign turned its attention to a strong economy as it pushes toward a pivotal 2020 election. At the same time, some Republicans tried to use Barr’s letter to make a case for ending separate investigations into the president’s conduct.

In a statement Sunday, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale argued that “Trump has kept his focus where it belongs: achieving for the American people.”

“The American people should take notice: the Democrats have lied to you, while President Trump has been hard at work building a booming economy and making you safer,” Parscale said.

Meanwhile, a key congressional Republican used Barr’s summary as justification to end a separate, more sweeping House probe of Trump administration conduct. In a statement Sunday, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins said 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.”

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