5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report made public

  • Barr says Mueller found 'no collusion,' probed 10 instances of potential obstruction

  • Democrats call on Mueller to testify before Congress

  • North Korea says it has test-fired a new tactical guided weapon

  • Woman who threatened Columbine High found dead

The Justice Department released Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Thursday, publicly posting several hundred pages on Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding Russian election interference in 2016. The report says President Trump and his campaign did not conspire with the Russian efforts, and did not determine whether any conduct constituted obstruction of justice. The report says evidence obtained "about the president's actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred."

Source: Justice Department

Attorney General William Barr held a press conference on Thursday to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, and said Mueller did not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian election interference. He said Mueller examined 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice, but "had not made the determination that there was a crime." Barr "disagreed" with some of Mueller's theories on obstruction, he said. Mueller and his team did not attend the news conference.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller must testify publicly on his investigation into the Trump campaign's conduct surrounding Russian election interference. "The only way to begin restoring public trust" after Barr's "regrettably partisan handling of the Muller report," said the lawmakers, is "for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible." Pelosi and Schumer, along with other members of Congress, also condemned Attorney General William Barr's press conference on the report, calling it "unnecessary and inappropriate."

Source: House Democrats, The Week

North Korea has test-fired a "new tactical guided weapon," the state-run news agency KCNA announced Wednesday. The test was directed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who declared that "the development and completion of this weapons system will be a great historic event in strengthening the combat capability of the People's Army," KCNA said. The news agency did not elaborate on the type of weapon that was tested or its possible range. Department of Defense officials told CNN that the U.S. Northern Command and Strategic Command did not detect any missile launch. North Korea held its last tactical weapons test in November.

Source: CNN

The 18-year-old woman who traveled to Colorado from Miami and made a "credible threat" against at least 20 schools, including Columbine High School, has been found dead, authorities said. The woman, identified by law enforcement as Sol Pais, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities described her as being "infatuated" with the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine, which left 13 people dead and 24 wounded, and said she was "armed and extremely dangerous." Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the massacre, and Jefferson County Public Schools has reported a surge in threatening email and telephone messages.

Source: The Washington Post
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