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Mueller report fallout: Trump, Russia, others react to Barr summary

Democrats continued to demand the release of all underlying evidence in the Russia investigation while Republicans said the findings exonerated President Trump. (Video: JM Rieger, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

President Trump went on Twitter and spoke to reporters Monday as his surrogates fanned out on television a day after a summary of a report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III cleared Trump of coordinating with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Although Trump and his allies said he had been exonerated by the two-year investigation, Democrats pushed for full disclosure of the report and what led to conclusions in the four-page summary Attorney General William P. Barr released Sunday. The summary said Mueller had reached no definitive conclusion on whether the president had tried to obstruct justice.

Republicans cheer, Democrats challenge Mueller’s findings on Trump and Russia

Russian officials, meanwhile, continued to insist that their country had not interfered in the campaign, despite findings by Mueller to the contrary.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected March 25 to a unanimous consent request put forth by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). (Video: U.S. Senate)

7:20 p.m.: Democrats issue attorney general April 2 deadline to provide Mueller’s report to Congress

In a letter to the Justice Department, the heads of six House committees on Monday asked to be provided with the Mueller report as well as its underlying evidence by “no later than Tuesday, April 2.”

“Your four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s review is not sufficient for Congress, as a coequal branch of government, to perform this critical work,” they wrote. “The release of the full report and the underlying evidence and documents is urgently needed by our committees to perform their duties under the Constitution.”

7 p.m.: Donald Trump Jr. takes a victory lap

Donald Trump Jr. was among the Republicans declaring victory on Monday. Since 9 a.m., the president’s son had sent out more than 40 tweets or retweets, mostly about two topics: Mueller’s report and the arrest of Michael Avenatti, a high-profile Trump critic, on extortion charges.

“It’s time to hold the conspiracy caucus in Congress accountable,” Trump Jr. tweeted Monday morning. “These Democrat Truthers spent the last 2 years knowingly lying to the American people about collusion. They’ve disgraced their offices and should step down.”

Later, he reveled in Avenatti’s arrest. The two had a particularly contentious Twitter relationship, with Avenatti suggesting last year that the president’s son would soon be heading to prison.

“Hey @MichaelAvenatti - It looks like you’ll be the one spending time behind bars after all,” Trump Jr. tweeted Monday. He followed up with a play on his father's campaign slogan: “#MAGA - Michael Avenatti Getting Arrested!!!”

6:45 p.m.: Barr would be ‘glad’ to appear before Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham says

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who spoke to Barr earlier Monday, said the attorney general said he would be “glad” to appear before his panel to discuss the special counsel’s findings, but not before he had a chance to go through the Mueller report and determine what should be redacted and what should be made public, The Post’s Seung Min Kim reports.

Graham said he urged Barr to release as much of the report he can “sooner rather than later.” Barr indicated that he would have to talk to Mueller first “because Mueller is the guy that does the grand jury stuff, because they’re the ones that did the grand jury investigation.”

“I hope it’d be much before months, and not longer than a few weeks,” Graham said.

6:10 p.m.: McConnell blocks Schumer resolution to make Mueller report public

Citing national security concerns, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected to a move Monday by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to vote on a resolution urging the Justice Department to release the entirety of Mueller’s report.

The House voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to approve the resolution. Schumer has repeatedly tried to bring the measure to the Senate floor, without success.

6 p.m.: House Intelligence Committee postpones Sater hearing

The House Intelligence Committee is postponing a hearing at which Trump’s former business associate Felix Sater was expected to testify.

“In light of the cursory letter from the Attorney General, and our need to understand Special Counsel Mueller’s areas of inquiry and evidence his office uncovered, we are working in parallel with other Committees to bring in senior officials from the DOJ, FBI and SCO to ensure that our Committee is fully and currently informed about the SCO’s investigation, including all counterintelligence information,” a committee spokesperson said Monday. “With the focus on those efforts this week, we are postponing Mr. Sater’s open interview.”

Sater played a key role in Trump’s efforts to pursue construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow.

5:15 p.m.: Pelosi says calls for Schiff to step down as Intel chairman are ‘ridiculous’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dismissed calls from congressional Republicans and senior White House officials that Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) should resign as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee over his prior assertions that he had seen evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russians during the 2016 campaign, The Post’s Paul Kane reports.

“That is, absolutely, so ridiculous when they have someone who’s probably broken the law as their former intelligence chair,” Pelosi told reporters as she entered the Capitol on Monday afternoon after the weekend revelations about the special counsel investigations. Pelosi was referencing Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the previous committee chairman, who was caught up in an ethics investigation about whether he had leaked classified information.

The committee cleared Nunes of any wrongdoing at the end of 2017.

5 p.m.: In House floor speech, Rep. Mo Brooks compares Democrats, media to Hitler

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) delivered a House floor speech Monday in which he compared Democrats and the news media to Adolf Hitler.

“America can either learn from history or be doomed to repeat it,” Brooks said. “When it comes to ‘Big Lie’ political propaganda in America, as the Mueller report confirms, America’s Socialists and their fake news media allies are experts and have no peers.”

Brooks also read a passage from Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” in which the Nazi dictator wrote about the “big lie” propaganda strategy.

Monday marked at least the second time that Brooks referenced Hitler in public remarks, according to the website, which first reported on the lawmaker’s floor speech.

4:30 p.m.: Trump campaign warns TV producers about ‘credibility of certain guests’ on Russia

The Trump campaign sent an email to TV producers warning Monday about guests who have made “outlandish, false claims” about the president’s Russia connections, asking networks to use “basic journalistic standards” when making future bookings.

The memo, titled “Credibility of Certain Guests,” comes after Trump — who made 8,158 false claims during his first two years as president -- repeatedly made the false assertion that Mueller’s report exonerated him on obstruction of justice.

Trump campaign director of communications Tim Murtaugh included in the memo a list of Democratic lawmakers and others who have alleged that there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.

“At a minimum, if these guests do reappear, you should replay the prior statements and challenge them to provide the evidence which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place,” Murtaugh wrote.

He added: “At this point, there must be introspection from the media who facilitated the reckless statements and a serious evaluation of how such guests are considered and handled in the future.”

One of the lawmakers mentioned in the memo, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), fired back on Twitter.

“The only person who has been caught lying about Russia is Donald Trump,” Swalwell said. “If he thinks I’ve made a false statement, he can sue me. And I’ll beat him in court.”

Read the Trump campaign’s full memo here.

4 p.m.: White House may not review full Mueller report

White House officials are not automatically going to ask to review the full Mueller report, and there is even a slim possibility that they may never look at it, two people familiar with the discussion told The Post’s Carol Leonnig on the condition of anonymity.

Trump advisers believe the obstruction portion of Mueller’s report will include a heavy dose of privileged material that the White House might object to revealing, particularly Trump’s private communication with such senior aides as former White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Though administration officials have said that the White House would be able to demand to see the case report in any Department of Justice investigation that included privileged White House discussions, the two people said it may be unnecessary here. Trump could decide that Justice and its Office of Legal Counsel can properly protect such privilege as part of its review. Such a move would also have the added benefit of shielding the White House from claims or the impression of political interference.

3:35 p.m.: McCarthy says Schiff should step down from Intelligence Committee post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday that Schiff should step down from his post as House Intelligence Committee chairman, joining fellow Republicans in taking aim at the California Democrat but stopping short of demanding his resignation, as some have done.

“He should apologize to the American people, and he should step back from being chairman of the Intel Committee,” McCarthy said of Schiff in an interview on Fox News.

McCarthy also argued that Democrats are “wasting their majority” by continuing to investigate Trump. He predicted that any impeachment effort by Democrats would lead to disaster for their party in the 2020 elections.

“I believe they will lose at the ballot box if they try to do that. The Mueller report should put this all to rest,” McCarthy said.

2:40 p.m.: Papadopoulos applies for pardon

Caroline Polisi, an attorney for George Papadopoulos, said she has already submitted an application to the White House requesting a pardon for the former Trump campaign adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russia contacts.

“It would be malpractice not to,” Polisi told The Post’s Rosalind S. Helderman. “We submitted it prior to the investigation coming to an end, but the results of the investigation only strengthen our arguments.”

Papadopoulos, who has a book coming out this week about his experiences with the investigation into alleged collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign, has acknowledged that he was told by a London based professor in April 2016 that the Russians held damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. The professor then introduced him to a Russian think tank director. Papadopoulos served 12 days in prison in November for lying to the FBI.

2:10 p.m.: Graham says he advised McCain to give dossier to FBI

Graham said Monday that he had told Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to give the FBI the dossier on the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. The infamous dossier, compiled for Democrats by a former British intelligence officer, contains a number of unverified claims about Trump’s alleged Russia connections.

The revelation from Graham comes after Trump repeatedly assailed McCain for handing over the dossier, even accusing him of doing so “for very evil purposes.” McCain died of brain cancer in August.

Graham told reporters that McCain showed him the dossier when he received it in late 2016.

“And I told him the only thing I knew to do with it, it could be a bunch of garbage, it could be true, who knows? Turn it over to somebody whose job it is to find these things out, and John McCain acted appropriately,” Graham said.

12:45 p.m.: Barr expected to testify before House Appropriations next month

House members might get a chance to query Barr about the Mueller report early next month.

The House Appropriations Committee has tentatively set a hearing for the morning of April 9 about the Justice Department’s budget, The Post’s Mike DeBonis reports. Typically the attorney general appears at such hearings.

Other House panels, including the Judiciary Committee, are likely to request that Barr testify before then.

12:40 p.m.: Trump: ‘Wouldn’t bother me at all’ if full report released

Trump reiterated Monday that he wouldn’t mind if the full Mueller report were released publicly.

“Up to the attorney general. Wouldn’t bother me at all,” he told reporters during a meeting in the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In response to a reporter’s question, Trump said he hasn’t thought about pardoning anyone convicted as part of the Mueller inquiry.

“No,” he said. “I haven’t. Haven’t thought about it.”

Trump also again expressed anger at those responsible for starting the investigation and about what he endured.

“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, some very bad things, I would say treasonous things against our country,” he said. “I will tell you, I love this country, I love this country as much as I can love anything — my family, my country, my God. But what they did — it was a false narrative, it was a terrible thing. We can never let this happen to another president again . . . Very few people I know could have handled it.”

12:25 p.m.: Trump says Mueller acted honorably

During an appearance with Netanyahu early Monday afternoon, Trump was asked by a reporter: “Do you think Robert Mueller acted honorably?”

“Yes, he did,” Trump replied, before walking out of the Diplomatic Reception Room without answering further questions about the report.

12:20 p.m.: Mueller informed Justice of stance on obstruction three weeks ago

Mueller and his team informed Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein during a briefing at the Justice Department three weeks ago that the special counsel’s office would not be reaching a conclusion on the question of whether the president should be accused of obstructing justice, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The development was “unexpected,” the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter, told The Post’s Matt Zapotosky.

Mueller’s stance has been perhaps the most hotly debated revelation in Barr’s summary of the report. In his summary, Barr said that he and Rosenstein determined that there was insufficient evidence presented by Mueller to make an obstruction accusation against the president.

11:25 a.m.: Trump highlights critic of Mueller probe

Trump returned to Twitter late Monday morning to share a video clip of a vocal critic of the Mueller probe.

Trump highlighted a “Fox & Friends” segment featuring Dan Bongino, a Fox News contributor and author of “Spygate: the Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump.”

“There was never any credible evidence that any of this happened,” Bongino told the Fox hosts.

He also echoed calls of White House aides for Schiff to resign, citing his frequent claims that there was substantial evidence that the Trump campaign had coordinated with Russia.

“Adam Schiff should resign in disgrace,” Bongino said.

11:10 a.m.: Graham says he’ll invite Barr to testify before Judiciary Committee

Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he has a call planned with Barr at noon to talk about “next steps.”

“What’s next, I hope, is that he’ll come to the committee, release as much as possible of the Mueller report,” Graham said at a news conference. “My desire is for the public to get as much of the report as possible.”

Asked if he would ask Mueller to testify, Graham said he would let Barr make that call.

Graham praised Mueller’s work, saying he was “the right guy at the right time.”

“I thought Mr. Mueller was not on a witch hunt and that Mr. Mueller was highly qualified,” Graham said.

He said he plans to further investigate the origins of the probe. Among the witnesses Graham says he wants to hear from is former FBI director James B. Comey.

10:35 a.m.: Pence says Mueller report is ‘total vindication’

Vice President Pence used his remarks Monday morning at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to claim a “total vindication” of the Trump campaign by Mueller.

“Yesterday was a great day for our country, our president and every American who cherishes the truth,” Pence told the gathering of the powerful pro-Israel group. “There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election . . . This was a total vindication of the president of the United States and our campaign and it should be welcomed by every American.”

His remarks were met with strong applause from the AIPAC audience.

10:15 a.m.: Dowd says Mueller should have cleared Trump on obstruction

Trump’s former personal lawyer John Dowd said it was “unprofessional” for Mueller not to have made a clear determination that Trump should not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.

“I call it unprofessional. Your job is to decide,” Dowd said during an appearance on Fox News Radio. “There was no evidence of obstruction here.”

In his report, Mueller did not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice but rather laid out evidence for Justice Department officials to review, writing that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

In his summary, Barr says that Justice officials determined there was insufficient evidence to make an obstruction accusation against the president.

Dowd also defended Trump’s tirades against the Mueller investigation on Twitter over many months.

“If you’re in his shoes, you cannot believe you’re getting investigated, you cannot believe the fake information that’s every day on something he did not do,” Dowd told host Brian Kilmeade.

9:45 a.m.: Supreme Court won’t hear appeal from company resisting Mueller subpoena

The Supreme Court said it would not review a lower-court order requiring an unnamed foreign-owned corporation to comply with a subpoena that is part of the Mueller investigation.

As is customary, the court did not give a reason for turning down the company’s appeal and did not note dissents.

The entity that is the subject of the legal battle — known in court papers simply as a “Corporation” from “Country A” — is a foreign financial institution that was issued a subpoena by a grand jury hearing evidence in the special counsel investigation.

It is thought to be the first time that an aspect of Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation has reached the Supreme Court.

Mueller turned in his report to Barr on Friday, and it is unclear whether he or other prosecutors will pursue the information his subpoena sought. The grand jury remains empaneled.

Read more from The Post’s Robert Barnes here.

9:25 a.m.: Sanders says no talk of pardons at this point

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House on Monday morning that she is not aware of talk about pardons for any of the Trump associates who have been convicted as part of the Mueller inquiry.

“There’s no discussion of that taking place at this point,” she said.

The special counsel’s work led to criminal charges against 34 people, including six former Trump associates and advisers.

They include Michael T. Flynn, former Trump national security adviser; Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman; Rick Gates, former deputy Trump campaign chairman; George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign; Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer; and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump associate and former campaign adviser.

9:05 a.m.: Trump Jr. blasts Democrats who’ve made collusion claims

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, lashed out at Democrats who’ve claimed there was collusion between his father’s campaign and Russia, saying they’ve “disgraced their office.”

In a morning tweet, Trump Jr. distributed a video that featured Democratic lawmakers and party officials making claims about the Trump campaign and branded them “WRONG.”

“It’s time to hold the conspiracy caucus in Congress accountable,” Trump Jr. wrote. “These Democrat Truthers spent the last 2 years knowingly lying to the American people about collusion. They’ve disgraced their offices and should step down.”

Among the episodes probed by Mueller was a meeting that Trump Jr. took at Trump Tower in New York in 2016 with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin on the promise of being given dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

8:50 a.m.: Graham to hold news conference on the Mueller report

Graham announced that he would hold a news conference later Monday morning to discuss the Mueller report.

Graham, who has been a Trump ally on most issues, tweeted on Sunday that Mueller and his team had done a “great job” in examining “all things Russia.”

“Now it is time to move on, govern the country, and get ready to combat Russia and other foreign actors ahead of 2020,” he added.

8:30 a.m.: Kellyanne Conway calls on Schiff to resign

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called on Schiff to resign Monday in the wake of his continued insistence that there is evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

“Adam Schiff should resign,” Conway said during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” “He has no right as someone who’s been pedaling a lie day after day after day, unchallenged, unchallenged and not under oath. Somebody should have put him under oath and say, ‘You have evidence? Where is it?’ ”

Schiff, who is leading an aggressive House investigation of Trump’s dealings with Russia, said Sunday that the fact that Mueller chose not to indict Trump or his aides in connection with conspiracy did not mean that coordination did not occur.

“There’s a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,” Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Schiff said that he trusts Mueller’s “prosecutorial judgment,” but added: “That doesn’t mean, of course, that there isn’t compelling and incriminating evidence that should be shared with the American people.”

8:15 a.m.: Democrats continue calls to release full report

Democrats continued to make the case in interviews and on social media Monday that Barr needs to release the full Mueller report.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation produced dozens of indictments + evidence POTUS may have engaged in obstruction of justice,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) said in one such tweet. “This summary is insufficient. The American ppl must be given the chance to read the complete #MuellerReport as soon as possible. #ReleaseTheFullReport”

7:35 a.m.: Sanders says Democrats, media owe Trump an apology

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show, she was asked whether Trump owed Mueller an apology for months of attacks on his investigation. Sanders turned the question on its head.

“The media and Democrats have called the president an agent of foreign governments,” she said. “That is an accusation equal to treason, which is punishable by death in this country . . . They wasted two years and created a massive disruption and distraction from things that impact everyone’s day-to-day life.”

During the interview, Sanders also said Trump “has no problem” with Mueller’s underlying report being released but will leave that decision to Barr.

“He’s more than happy for any of this stuff to come out because he knows exactly what did and what didn’t happen and now frankly the rest of America knows,” she said.

7:30 a.m.: Russian embassy in U.K. weighs in

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom is trolling those who contended that Trump’s campaign had conspired with Russia in the 2016 president campaign.

A tweet sent from the embassy’s account showed a newspaper headline on Mueller’s report and this rejoinder: “That awkward moment when another anti-Russian fake crumbles to dust. Excuses, anyone?”

7:25 a.m.: Democrats express frustration on Barr’s obstruction conclusion

Underscoring a frustration expressed by many Democrats, Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) said Monday that he thinks it was “completely inappropriate” for Barr to have concluded Trump did not obstruct justice.

“This is the attorney general of the United States, in my view, attempting to shape the narrative on the obstruction of justice claim,” Cicilline, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on CNN.

In his report, Mueller did not draw a conclusion on obstruction of justice but rather laid out evidence for Justice Department officials to review, writing that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

In his summary, Barr says that Justice officials determined there was insufficient evidence to make an obstruction accusation against the president.

Cicilline said Mueller spent 22 months looking at the issue.

“He doesn’t make a conclusion, but he goes out of his way to say the president is not exonerated in this regard, and Mr. Barr in 48 hours turns that around and say, ‘Oh no, I’ve looked it. He’s exonerated. He hasn’t committed that offense.’ . . . I think it’s completely inappropriate.”

7:10 a.m.: Sekulow: ‘Very inappropriate’ to release Trump’s written responses

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, said it would be “very inappropriate” for the president’s team to release written answers that Trump submitted to Mueller’s team.

Sekulow was pressed about the prospect during one of multiple television appearances Monday morning. Democrats are urging full disclosure of Mueller’s report and underlying sources that contributed to his conclusions.

“As a lawyer, you don’t waive privileges,” Sekulow said on CNN. “I think that would be very inappropriate.”

He said the decision will be Barr’s.

7 a.m.: Giuliani: The investigation unfolded ‘as if this were a terrorism case’

Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of the president’s personal lawyers, continued to attack lawyers on Mueller’s team Monday, saying that some of them are “very, very rabid partisans.”

“They conducted an investigation as if this were a terrorism case,” Giuliani said during an extended appearance on “Fox & Friends,” where he said at other points that the investigation was being conducted like an “organized-crime case.”

“It was thorough and was conducted by people who had a bias to get him,” Giuliani said, adding that the president was “absolved, vindicated, exonerated — you pick the word.”

Over the past year, both Trump and his allies frequently attacked Mueller, a Republican, and lawyers on his team in an effort to discredit any negative findings.

6:30 a.m.: Russian officials claim vindication from Mueller’s findings

In Russia, officials claimed their own kind of vindication — even as they continued to deny that there was any truth to any allegation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

On his daily conference call with journalists, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov referred to “a Chinese philosopher who said, ‘It is hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if it is not there.’ ”

He added: “Centuries have passed, but unfortunately there has been no understanding of this on the other side of the ocean.”

Lawmaker Alexey Pushkov, a foreign-affairs specialist in the upper house of parliament, described Mueller’s findings as exonerating Trump in the face of a “virtual conspiracy” of American news media and Democrats that was aimed at demonizing Russia.

“The agents of conspiracy theory have been discredited,” Pushkov wrote on Twitter. “From now on, only an idiot can believe them.”

Read more from The Post’s Anton Troianovski here.

6:10 a.m.: Trump starts his Monday with tweets about the Mueller probe

Trump took to Twitter early Monday with a string of tweets about the Mueller probe.

In his first tweet of the day, Trump quoted Fox News anchor Bret Baier: “No matter your ideologies or your loyalties, this is a good day for America. No American conspired to cooperate with Russia in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, according to Robert Mueller, and that is good.”

Trump continued to cite other news reports on the summary released by Barr, including this MSNBC headline: “Breaking News: Mueller Report Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy.”

He later retweeted some of his tweets from Sunday, including one in which he claimed “total EXONERATION” even though Mueller reached no conclusion about whether the president obstructed justice.

6 a.m.: Giuliani says Democrats must atone for ‘false claims of collusion’

Democrats must make amends for “false claims of collusion” before the country can “heal” from Mueller’s investigation, Giuliani tweeted early Monday. He specifically demanded apologies from Schiff, former CIA director John Brennan and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).

“In light of the Mueller conclusion of no collusion between Trump campaign and Russians, are @AdamSchiff, Brennan, Nadler and other Dems going to apologize for their now false claims of collusion. If they care about our country, they should be relieved they were wrong. Are they?” Giuliani tweeted after midnight.

Giuliani then suggested that mea culpas from Democrats and members of the press should follow Mueller’s findings that neither the president nor his campaign conspired to help Russia sway the 2016 presidential election.

“TURNING POINT for our country,” Giuliani tweeted. “If Democrats who went too far in their partisan and false claims of collusion can step back and admit their mistakes, we can heal. If CNN, NBC, MSNBC, et al can realize their overreactions, then we have hope for fairer treatment in the future.”

Tim Elfrink, Robert Barnes, Mike DeBonis and Matt Zapotosky in Washington and Anton Troianovski in Moscow contributed to this report.