Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) listens during a roundtable discussion on healthcare on May 4, 2018, at CareSTL Health in St. Louis.

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McCaskill warns Democrats not to begin long legal battle over release of Mueller Report

The former Senator warned Democrats that the general public might already be "fatigued" after the nearly two-year investigation

March 25, 2019 - 10:04 am

WASHINGTON (KMOX/AP) - Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is downplaying the affect on Missourians after special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.

On NBC's Meet The Press Sunday, McCaskill warned Democratic candidates running for office in 2020 to not get hung up on it.

"Mueller is not going to be at the top of their list," McCaskill says. "And I think that's one of the things that the candidates need to keep in mind, that this isn't as big of a deal in people's lives as it is for all of us who have followed it very closely."

However, McCaskill did warn that, if President Donald Trump uses executive power to prevent Robert Mueller's report from being released to the public, it could have "non-ending consequences" for Republicans. 

She criticized President Trump for overstepping on the "rule of law" by using executive power. 

But, she also expressed concern that Americans are "fatigued" about the Mueller report and warned Democrats against a long, drawn-out legal battle over its contents.

Many Republicans are cheering and Democrats are scoffing as first word on the details of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation emerge.

For supporters of President Donald Trump, the four-page summary of the investigative findings released by Attorney General William Barr felt like an exoneration of the man they back.

For Trump's opponents, some of whom had visions of the Mueller's work ending with the president being led away in handcuffs, it is a disappointment.

What seemed certain in the wake of Sunday's release was that it marked no end to the political divide, to the fierce criticism of Trump or to calls for more of Mueller's report to be released.

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