Following special counsel Robert Mueller's public press conference on Wednesday - as he addressed his Russian Federation report and laid out his resignation - Democrats' desire to see President Donald Trump booted from office only increased.
Mueller's statement reignited debate about whether Congress should charge the president with a crime, as the report said it could not fully determine whether Trump had obstructed justice. "When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation, or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government's effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable".
Robert Mueller didn't break much new ground in his eight-minute statement announcing the official end of the special counsel investigation.
It's been overlooked, but it's significant that Mueller stated indicting a sitting president is not only prohibited by DOJ policy, but also, "that is unconstitutional".
Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any claims of interference in the U.S. political system whatsoever, stressing that the allegations were invented as lame excuses for the loss of Trump's 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, as well as in order to deflect public attention from some burning domestic issues.
"To me it's a dirty word, the word impeach, it's a dirty, filthy, disgusting word, and it had nothing to do with me", he said.
"The fact that today people just seem to brush aside the idea that it is okay to you know, to engage in these activities against a political campaign is stunning to me especially when the media doesn't seem to think that it's worth looking into", Barr said. I got me elected.
Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".
President Donald Trump talks with reporters about Mueller.
"Russia did not help me get elected".
Mr Barr said in an interview with CBS This Morning that though justice department rules prevent the indictment of a sitting president, Mr Mueller nonetheless could have decided whether Mr Trump had committed a crime.
Mr Trump's 20-minute eruption underlined that he remains deeply distressed over the probe that has shadowed his presidency for almost two years, even after Mr Mueller announced his resignation and the closure of his office. Democrats are mulling the possibility of impeachment proceedings.
"We would have to prove corrupt intent, the report itself points out that one of the likely motivations here was the president's frustration with Comey saying something publicly and saying a different thing privately and refusing to correct the record. I'll continue to use it", he told CBS.
Mueller's report detailed multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, including efforts to take advantage of Moscow's claimed possession of dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, but in the end Mueller said: "There was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy" of collusion.
O'Reilly also claimed on Thursday that Trump in his phone call had launched into another old conflict of interest attack, claiming to him that Mueller was angry that Trump denied him the Federal Bureau of Investigation director role after Trump sacked James Comey in May 2017.
Barr said that he took the job in the hopes that he would be able to save the Department of Justice from behavior that is "antithetical" to the way it is run. The president has suggested unnamed people should serve "long jail sentences".