Sunday, March 24, 2019

General Reaction And Commentary On The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast: After Robert Mueller Issues His Report, the Democrats Who Waited Two Years for This Moment Stare Into the Abyss

The trickle of information, the drip, drip, drip has led not to a death by a thousand cuts but to a desensitization.

In what might be the most anti-climactic grand finale since The Sopranos, Robert Mueller found no evidence that President Trump his team colluded with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

That is, at least, according to the summary report issued by Attorney General William Barr on Sunday.

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Reaction To The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Reaction to AG William Barr’s summary of Mueller report -- AP
Republicans cheer, Democrats scoff as Mueller details emerge -- AP
Trump supporters roast Democrats over the Mueller report on social media, comparing the special counsel's investigation to the Fyre Festival disaster -- Daily Mail
Sarah Sanders praises Mueller report as a 'total and complete exoneration' of Trump - despite the report saying that it was NOT -- Daily Mail
'So many questions': James Comey and others on social media reacts to Mueller report -- Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

Commentaries And Analysis On The U.S. Attorney General's Summary Of The Mueller Report

Robert Mueller report: Key lines from Bill Barr summary -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
Factbox: The Mueller investigation: Five takeaways -- Reuters
Key takeaways from the Mueller report’s findings: Here’s a sharp list of the must-read points -- Boston Globe
AP FACT CHECK: Mueller probe doesn’t totally exonerate Trump -- Hope Yen, AP
Mueller report: The best day of Trump's presidency -- Jon Sopel, BBC
The Steele/Mueller nightmare is over ... and should be -- Mark Penn, The Hill
Hill Dems search for opening on Mueller report, Republicans see closure -- Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio, Politico
A look at some unanswered questions of the Mueller probe -- Chad Day and Eric Tucker, AP
Mueller was clear in finding no collusion, but punted on the matter of obstruction -- Ken Dilanian, NBC
The Mueller Conclusions -- The Wall Street Journal
What Mueller Found, and Didn’t Find -- The New York Times
CNN's Toobin: 'Total vindication of the president' on collusion -- The Hill
McCarthy: 'Case is closed' on Trump and collusion -- The Hill
The world finally gets words from Mueller _but just a few -- Calvin Woodward, AP
The collusion delusion -- Washington Examiner
Mueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue -- Bradley A. Blakeman, The Hill
Mueller report brings moment of reckoning to US politics -- Lisa Mascaro and Steve Peoples, AP
Barr's Summary of Russian Cyber Interference in the 2016 Election Is Comically Light on Details -- Tom McKay, Gizmodo
Trump Said 'No Collusion,' and Now He Gets to Say I Told You So -- Bloomberg
It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD -- Taibbi

Democrats React To U.S. Attorney General Barr's Summary On the Mueller Investigation

The Hill: Dems seize on Mueller obstruction of justice conclusion

Democrats are seizing on Attorney General William Barr’s decision to conclude there was no obstruction of justice by President Trump in the Russia investigation, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report must be made public.

Barr said Mueller did not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice but that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made that determination after reviewing the report.

“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 decisions, 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.

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WNU Editor: The Democrat base has been told for two years that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 Presidential election from Hillary Clinton. I expect this narrative will continue, and there will be a shift away from the findings of the Mueller report, to other investigations of President Trump.

More News And Reaction From Democrats On U.S. Attorney General Barr's Summary Of The Mueller Investigation

Amid calls to release Mueller report, Rep. Adam Schiff says it's ‘too early’ to rule out impeachment -- ABC News
Trump Impeachment Still an Option, US Lawmaker Says Amid Mueller Report Debate -- Sputnik
Pelosi, Schumer: Barr's Mueller summary 'raises as many questions as it answers' -- The Hill
Pelosi calls Mueller report summary 'insufficient,' seeks full report -- Reuters
Pelosi Rejects Classified Briefing on Special Counsel Report -- Epoch Times
Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly -- The Hill
Nunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' -- The Hill
Nadler: Mueller 'not exonerating' Trump in report -- The Hill
Top Democrat: Mueller Report Doesn't Matter, "We Know There Was Collusion" -- Zero Hedge

Nadler says he will call on Barr to testify over DOJ handling of Mueller report
-- The Hill
Nadler: Executive privilege can't be used to 'hide wrongdoing' in Mueller report -- NBC
Top Dem Says AG Barr Must Testify to Congress Because ‘Mueller Did Not Exonerate the President’ -- Mediaite
I don’t want a summary of the Mueller report. I want the whole damn report. -- Bernie Sanders, Twitter
MAXINE MELTDOWN: ‘This is not the end of anything!’ -- American Mirror

President Trump Responds To The Attorney General's Summary On The Mueller Investigation

Reuters: Trump slams Russia probe as 'illegal takedown'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the federal probe into whether his presidential campaign worked with Russia to sway the 2016 election, and encouraged a look at “the other side,” after the Justice Department said on Sunday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion.

“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this,” Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida. “This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully, somebody’s going to be looking at the other side.”

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WNU Editor: This is a huge political and legal win for President Trump.

More News On President Trump Responding To The Attorney General's Summary On The Mueller Investigation

Trump breaks silence on Mueller report, claims vindication -- AP
Trump says public should see ‘ridiculous’ Mueller report -- AP
Trump declares victory after release of Mueller findings -- Politico
Trump on Mueller report: 'Complete and total exoneration' -- The Hill
Russia probe 'an illegal takedown that failed': Trump -- Al Jazeera
Trump "Totally Exonerated", Calls For Investigation Into "Illegal Takedown That Failed" -- Zero Hedge
‘Complete & total exoneration!’ Trump says it’s a shame US had to go through Mueller’s witch hunt -- RT
Trump campaign slams Dems for 'collusion hoax' -- The Hill

U.S. Attorney General: Robert Mueller Did Not Find Any Evidence That The Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

Daily Mail: 'America is the greatest place on earth! Trump revels in 'complete exoneration' and claims Russia probe 'was an illegal takedown that failed' after Mueller clears him and his campaign of colluding with Moscow and Attorney General Barr decides not to charge him with obstruction

* President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election, Robert Mueller found in his long-awaited report
* Trump claimed a 'complete exoneration' in the investigation
* 'There was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction and none whatsoever and it was a complete and total exoneration,' he said
* The special counsel did not draw a conclusion 'one way or the other' as to whether the president obstructed justice
* Mueller's findings were announced in a letter from Attorney General William Barr
* Mueller left it up to Barr as to whether to charge Trump with obstruction
* Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the joint decision not to
* 'The investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,' Barr wrote
* Democrats are demanding Mueller's full report and its underlying documentation and evidence be made public

A joyous Donald Trump returned to the White House Sunday, hours after his campaign was cleared of allegations of Russia collusion, and told a crush of waiting reporters – twice – that 'America is the greatest place on earth.'

The president had already boasted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month Russia probe ended with a 'complete exoneration,' slamming the entire operation as 'an illegal takedown that failed' and saying he hopes 'somebody is going to be looking at the other side.'

'There was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction and none whatsoever and it was a complete and total exoneration. It's a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this,' Trump said in West Palm Beach, Florida before he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington D.C.

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WNU Editor: The Attorney General's 4 page summary is here .... READ: Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller findings (The Hill)/

For President Trump .... this is the best possible outcome for him. On the question of Russian collusion, and the primary focus of this investigation, he has been completely vindicated.

The media narrative is now shifting to the argument that Robert Mueller did not exonerate President Trump on obstruction .... Mueller did not find Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, also did not exonerate him on obstruction (CNN). More here .... Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction (The New York Times). I disagree. If there was obstruction Robert Mueller would have made that very clear in his report, and the Attorney General would have put it in his four page summary. As for when will the complete report be released. I give it a few weeks before that happens.

More News On U.S. Attorney General's Summary That The Mueller Counsel Did Not Find Any Evidence That The Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia

The Latest: Trump says America ‘greatest place on earth’ -- AP
Mueller report: No evidence of collusion (Live) -- BBC
Mueller report: top Democrats say Barr summary "raises as many questions as it answers" – live -- The Guardian
Mueller ends Trump-Russia probe: All the latest updates -- Al Jazeera
Mueller report summary is out: Live -- CNN
Trump didn’t coordinate with Russia in 2016, report declares -- AP
Mueller does not find Trump campaign knowingly conspired with Russia -- Reuters
Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy -- Politico
Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy in 2016 election -- The Hill
Mueller did not find Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says -- The Guardian
Trump-Russia inquiry: President 'did not conspire with Russia' -- BBC
Donald Trump did not commit any crimes but is not exonerated, Robert Mueller's report finds -- ABC News Online
Mueller report summary says Trump campaign did not 'conspire or coordinate' with Russia -- France 24
Mueller report found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion: Justice Dept -- DW
Attorney general: Mueller report finds no collusion between Russia, Trump -- UPI
Barr: Mueller found no proof Trump campaign conspired with Russia -- Al Jazeera
Mueller probe finds no collusion or conspiracy between Trump & Russia -- RT
Justice Department Delivers Mueller Conclusions To Congress – No Collusion -- Daily Caller

Robert Mueller Report: No Evidence Of Trump - Russian Collusion

I am running a bit late on this story. A full news roundup on this story will be posted at 20:30 EST

Islamist Terror Plot Foiled At Last Second By German Police

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BBC: German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of planning Islamist attack

Police in Germany have arrested 10 people on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack.

The arrests were made after some 200 police officers carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The men had plotted to "kill as many 'non-believers' as possible" using a vehicle and guns, prosecutors said.

A 21-year-old man from Offenbach, near Frankfurt, and two 31-year-old brothers from Wiesbaden are the main suspects.

"They had already made contact with different arms dealers, rented a large vehicle and collected financial assets to use for the purchase of guns and the execution of the planned murders," a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

The suspects are aged between 20 and 42 and several are German nationals, the spokeswoman added.

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WNU Editor: Another close call.

More News On German Police Foiling Another Islamist Terror Plot

German prosecutors arrest 10 suspects over Islamist attack plan -- DW
Police arrest 11 over terror attack plan -- The Local Germany
Police arrest ten 'jihadists' in Germany who were 'plotting to use a car and guns to kill as many people as possible and had already hired a vehicle' as knives are seized in raid -- Daily Mail
'Kill as many infidels as possible': Suspected terror plot in Germany leads to raids; 11 arrested -- Stars and Stripes/AP
German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of terror plot -- The Guardian/Reuters

Indian Intelligence: Large Number Of Chinese Troops Are In Pakistan

Image: Pakistan - Sindh - Tharparkar district (Wikipedia).

Zee News: China deploys troops in Sindh, just 90 km away from Indo-Pak border

The CPEC project is around three thousand kilometer long and Pakistan has already deployed 17,000 of its troops for the security of CPEC.

According to a report of Indian intelligence agencies, China has deployed its troops in Sindh region of Pakistan to protect the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The report noted that China has deployed the troops of People Liberation Army (PLA) for the security of coal mines in Sindh's Thar region. Located in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, Thar region is only 90 kilometers away from Indo-Pak border. Several Chinese projects are going on in Sindh and most of these projects are facing stiff resistance from local people. It seems that China has decided to deploy its troops for securing the CPEC fearing such protests.

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Update: China Deploys Troops Near India-Pak Border to Safeguard CPEC Projects - Reports (Sputnik)

WNU Editor: Apparently the reason for this Chinese military deployment is due to unrest from Pakistani locals to a Chinese development project associated to CPEC, and the inability of Pakistan's security forces to provide protection. If this report is true, this will be the first time that I know of where Pakistan has permitted a large contingent of foreign military forces to be deployed inside their own country to protect an economic project.

Civilian Injured After Rafale Fighter Jet Ejector Seat Is Triggered During Takeoff

File photo: French Rafale B fighter jet © Wikipedia

Aerotime News: Civilian passenger gets unexpectedly ejected from Rafale B jet

A civilian passenger was accidentally ejected from a twin-seat Rafale B fighter jet as the aircraft was taking off.

The fighter jet was taking off from Saint-Dizier 113 air base for a training mission, on March 20, 2019. The pilot managed to land shortly after the incident. His hands were slightly injured by broken glass from the canopy.

The passenger, a man in his sixties, was hospitalized. His back was reportedly injured as he fell on the runway. He is now in a stable condition. "His health condition is not a cause for concern," said Colonel Cyrille Duvivier, spokesman for the French Air Force.

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Update #1: Danger zone: 64yo civilian injured after fighter jet ejector seat triggers during takeoff (RT)
Update #2: Civilian Passenger Gets Ejected From A French Two-Seat Rafale Jet (Zero Edge)

WNU Editor: That made everyone's day.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Watch How China's Female Marines Are Trained (Video)

WNU Editor: Swimming through a pool of water under burning fire ?!?!?!?!

U.S. Marines Practice Seizing Small Islands In The Event Of War With China

Marines pilot a Combat Rubber Raiding Craft during a simulated boat raid

Daily Mail: U.S. Marines are practicing seizing small islands using techniques learned in World War II as a possible conflict with China looms in the Pacific

* US Marines recently led a simulated assault on a small island in the Pacific, honing skills that could be essential in a fight with China
* The exercise involved the Army and Air Force, part of the Corps' efforts to refine the Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept
* The mission simulated the process of securing advanced footholds for follow-on forces to conduct further military operations, with rapid redeployment
* Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that the ability to seize advanced bases would be critical in a war with China

The U.S. military is practicing tactics that it last rehearsed more than 70 years ago in preparation for a possibly conflict with China.

It was during World War II that U.S. Marines moved quickly from island to island as they fought bloody battles again Japanese forces who were determined to dominate the Pacific.

The Marine Corps is now re-examining its island-hopping strategy for today's troops, as a possible conflict with China draws ever-closer.

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Update #1: US Marines are practicing seizing small islands as a possible China fight looms in the Pacific (Business Insider)
Update #2: Marines Seize Pacific Island As Training For War With China (Zero Hedge)
Update #3: Troops practice island-seizing in the Pacific amid US-China tensions (Stars and Stripes)

WNU Editor: China is doing the same thing .... China's Marine Corps is getting bigger and stronger (Popular Science).

Russia's Space Chief: New Space ‘Race’ Has Begun

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RT: New deep space ‘race’ has begun, says Russia's space chief

Russia has entered a new space competition, according to the head of the country's space agency, Roscosmos. The new “competition” is focused on manned space flight and deep space exploration.

“Now we are entering a new stage of a certain competition with leading space powers, related to future manned programs, including in deep space,” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.

Rogozin also revealed that he recently talked to the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev and discussed the details of the Moon program and specifications of payloads needed for that.

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Update: Roscosmos CEO announces new ‘era’ in space race (TASS)

WNU Editor: This is Russia's reaction to this .... Russia’s passive-aggressive reaction to SpaceX may mask a deeper truth (Ars Technica).

Venezuela Posts A Video To Scare The U.S. Marines

Task & Purpose: Venezuela made this stupid video to scare US Marines

It's not the Razzle Dazzle from Stripes, but it might as well be. Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro thinks his country is staring down the barrel of an upcoming U.S.-led invasion. The only problem is that no one in the American government really seems to care about Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. He's just a trash version of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez – who wasn't that great of a dictator anyway.

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WNU Editor: The above video can't be real. But this is real .... Colombia: 1,000 Venezuelan forces crossed border since Feb. (AP).

Editor's Note

Occupied with taking care of family visiting for a few days. Will put up posts when I can. Regular blogging will return Monday morning.

Friday, March 22, 2019

When Will The Mueller Report Be Leaked?

Reuters: Mueller sends Russia probe report to U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller has handed in a keenly awaited report on his investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and any potential wrongdoing by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Justice Department said on Friday.

Mueller submitted the report to Attorney General William Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, the department said. The report was not immediately made public - Barr will have to decide how much to disclose - and it was not known if Mueller found criminal conduct by Trump or his campaign, beyond the charges already brought against several aides.

Mueller, a former FBI director, had been examining since 2017 whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow to try to influence the election and whether the Republican president later unlawfully tried to obstruct his investigation.

Trump has denied collusion and obstruction. Russia has denied election interference.

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WNU Editor: We know only one thing. There will be no more additional indictments .... which in itself is big news. As for when will the report be leaked. We will know in the next few days when the Justice Department starts handing out the report to Congress.

U.K. Prime Minister May May Allow MPs To Vote On Multiple Options

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Daily Mail: PM may allow MPs to vote on SEVEN options - including a second referendum and cancelling Brexit - if her deal fails next week, sparking fury from Leavers who brand plot a 'national humiliation'

* Theresa May left Brussels a day early and has returned to Downing Street to try to get support for her deal
* She has summoned key ministers to No 10 and will head to Chequers this weekend to try to save EU divorce
* Government said to be considering giving MPs a free vote on seven directions Brexit could go if PM loses vote
* Marathon EU summit broke up last night with agreement among EU leaders on the terms of Brexit delay
* There are now two dates: Britain can stay in the European Union until April 12 whether or not the deal passes
* If MPs pass May's Brexit deal next week then Britain can stay in the bloc until May 22 to pass necessary laws

Theresa May was today accused of 'declaring open war' on her own Eurosceptic MPs by promising a free vote on a second referendum or revoking Article 50 if her Brexit deal is killed off next week.

Downing Street will ask MPs from all parties to help find her a Plan B as Tory rebels said their 'isolated' leader should 'name a date' for her resignation after failing to deliver Brexit for March 29.

Mrs May is expected to hold a vote to gauge support among MPs for the seven main paths for Brexit: The PM's deal, No Deal, a second referendum, Labour's preferred customs union deal, a Norway-plus EEA deal, a Canada-plus free trade deal or revoking Article 50 and staying in the EU.

Brexiteers are furious because it would give control to Parliament, where the majority of MPs are remainers who want the softest possible Brexit or no Brexit at all.

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WNU Editor: The problem is that the the people who voted for Brexit are not represented by the majority of the members in Parliament. This is also a classic example of a lame duck Prime Minister who is "at war" with the majority of her own party in Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May is finished, and this third vote is going to resolve nothing .... Britain's had 3 years to do Brexit. Another 3 weeks won't help (Luke McGee, CNN). What we are seeing now are pro-EU politicians laying the groundwork to either revoke Article 50, or to shelve the entire project for the future, which would essentially mean killing Brexit.

South Korea Says North Korea Has Withdrawn Its Staff From The Kaesong Liason Office

ABC News Online: North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from Kaesong liaison office with South Korea

North Korea has abruptly withdrawn its staff from a liaison office with South Korea, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's nuclear program.

The North Korean action came a week after Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui threatened to pull out of nuclear negotiations with the United States, citing a lack of US steps to match disarmament measures it took last year.

Her warning followed a US-North Korea summit in February that collapsed due to disputes over United States-led sanctions on the North.

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WNU Editor: This is a major setback, and happened because of the yesterday's U.S. Treasury announcement that the U.S. was imposing new sanctions on North Korea. In response, President Trump reversed these new sanctions today .... Trump surprises by revoking North Korea sanctions immediately after Treasury imposes them (FOX News).

More News On South Korea Saying That North Korea Has Withdrawn Its Staff From The Kaesong Liason Office

North Korea quits Kaesong liaison office with South Korea -- BBC
North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from liaison office at border with the South -- SCMP/AFP
North Korea abruptly pulls its staff out of liaison office with the South near DMZ border on 'higher-level' instructions, in fresh blow to peace efforts after Kim's summit with Trump collapsed -- Daily Mail
North Korea pulls out of liaison office with South Korea -- DW
North Korea withdraws from inter-Korea liaison office -- UPI
North Korea pulls out of liaison office with South after new US sanctions -- The Hill
Seoul: North Korea withdrew staff from inter-Korea liaison office -- Al Jazeera

President Trump's Tweet On Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over The Golan Heights Sparks Condemnation

Daily Mail: 'The edge of a new crisis': Syria vows to use 'every possible means' to 'liberate' the Golan Heights as Trump sparks fury in the Middle East by pledging to recognise Israel's sovereignty over highlands

* President Trump made the abrupt proclamation over Golan on Twitter yesterday
* It was immediately welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
* But Syria's foreign ministry said statement was an 'irresponsible' threat to peace
* Israel captured the area from Syria in 1967 and unilaterally annexed it in 1981
* The U.N. does not recognize the sovereignty of 'occupying power' Israel

Syria and its allies have condemned Donald Trump's declaration that America should recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus vowed it would use 'every possible means' to 'liberate' the region and described the US President's statement as a threat to international peace and stability.

It said his comments on Twitter confirm 'the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity,' referring to Israel, and added that the statement won't change 'the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian.'

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More News And Responses To President Trump's Tweet On Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over The Golan Heights

Trump's Golan Heights announcement met with a shrug in the Arab world -- CNN
Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel's claim to Golan Heights -- The Guardian
Golan Heights: Syria condemns Donald Trump's remarks -- BBC
Syria condemns Trump's stance on Golan Heights sovereignty -- Al Jazeera
Russia, Iran and Syria slam Trump's Golan Heights comments -- DW
France says Israeli sovereignty over Golan breaks international law -- France 24
Druze on Golan Heights reject Trump backing for Israeli sovereignty -- Reuters
Golan Heights: Why it matters to US, Israel and Syria -- DW

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Has Ended His Investigation On Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election

Daily Mail: BREAKING NEWS: Robert Mueller has handed his report on Trump and Russia to attorney general William Barr - who will now decide how much of probe is made public

* Robert Mueller handed over his report into Russia involvement in the 2016 election to the attorney general, Bill Barr
* Newsflash at 5 p.m. Friday means the Mueller probe is over - almost two years after it was started in May 2017
* Trump had blasted it as a 'witchhunt' and repeated his 'no collusion' mantra on Friday morning
* White House said it has not seen the report in any form or been briefed on its contents
* Barr has thankless responsibility of deciding which portions of Mueller's output can be released in a way that's consistent with federal law
* It's possible Barr could delicately thread a political needle by sending an executive summary to Capitol Hill and keeping the rest private
* That would be likely to open a war with Democrats

Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his long-awaited report Friday to Attorney General Bill Barr, setting up a political battle over what's in it and how much will be made public.

The news swept through Washington in the flash of thousands of tweets just before 5:00 p.m. Friday.

The Justice Department notified leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees before announcing the end of a 22-month-long saga focused on allegations that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with agents of Russia to improve his chances in the election.

Trump, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, has not seen any results from Mueller's investigation.

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WNU Editor: I did not expect this investigation to end right now. I also expect details of the report will be leaked this weekend, especially if there are explosive details. I also expect the full report to be released to the public in due time.

More News On U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller Ending His Investigation

Robert Mueller submits report on Trump-Russia investigation – live -- The Guardian
Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to AG Barr -- AP
Mueller sends Russia probe report to U.S. attorney general -- Reuters
Mueller delivers report to Justice -- The Hill
Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is officially complete -- Politico
Special counsel Robert Mueller ends investigation -- CNN
Special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated report handed off to Department of Justice -- ABC News
Mueller submits long-awaited Russia probe report to Justice Department -- FOX News
Mueller sends report on Trump investigation to AG Barr -- NBC
Russia-Trump inquiry: Special Counsel Robert Mueller ends Russia investigation -- BBC
Robert Mueller has turned in his full report on the Russia investigation to the attorney general -- Business Insider
Mueller report: Special counsel finishes Russia-Trump probe and submits findings to attorney general -- The Independent
Mueller report: special counsel delivers findings of Trump-Russia inquiry -- The Guardian
The possible outcomes of the Mueller report -- Mary Newman and Darren Samuelsohn, Politico
Trump-Russia inquiry: What might Mueller report look like? -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC
Robert Mueller’s report is finally finished. This is what we know about his probe so far -- CNBC