ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
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(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The evidence from the 448-page report from special counsel former FBI director Robert Mueller examined; details given from Mueller's portrait of President Trump & how he tried to curtail the investigation via Attorney General Jeff Sessions, attorney Don McGahn & deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, what Mueller wrote about obstruction, Russian interference in the 2016 election with advisers Carter Page,& George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Sessions & Jared Kushner involved, the Trump Tower meeting. the initial Russian targeting of Hillary Clinton's office, but no evidence the Trump team acted in coordination with Russia. [Attorney General William BARR - speaks about 10 episodes with the president.] [Aug. 10, 2017, TRUMP - denies trying to remove him.] [Today, BARR - comments on making the decision.] How there are 14 other investigations beyond Mueller by the FBI & the Justice Department discussed.
(Studio: David Muir, Dan Abrams) Mueller's line about not clearing Trump for obstruction of justice, that Congress has the authority, what Barr said about Mueller's position indicating a divide between Mueller & Barr on obstruction discussed.
(Studio: David Muir; White House: Jonathan Karl) Trump's view of the report, how seven advisers refused to obstruct justice on his behalf discussed; Trump tweet he could fire everyone quoted. [Today, TRUMP - says no collusion, no obstruction.]
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: Mary Bruce) The arguments from the Democrats about the report, how they want Mueller to testify about his position on obstruction of justice reviewed. [Representative Adam SCHIFF - says Barr misrepresented the report.] [Representative Jerrold NADLER - reads statement about the report's evidence indicating misconduct & from Congress to hold him accountable.] The responses from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi & Senator Chuck Schumer noted. [Republican Senator Roy BLOUNT- says move on.] The key questions the Democrats want answered discussed.
(Studio: David Muir) Further coverage of the Mueller report on "Good Morning America" noted.