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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Asked Friday about news that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was submitted and no more indictments were coming down pike, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that wasn’t the end of the story.

“There may be conduct that was criminal but not sufficiently provable or there may be a broader body of conduct that is deeply compromising to national security but not a criminal matter,” Schiff told CNN.

Like many other congressional Democrats, Schiff called for the full report to be made public and for the underlying evidence to be made available for review.

Attorney General Bill Barr sent Washington, D.C. scrambling on Friday afternoon with the announcement that the Mueller report had come to a close. In a letter to the chairs of the congressional judiciary committees, Barr said he would consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensein and Mueller to determine “what other information can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law.”

Democrats say they want nothing less than the full story of what Mueller found in his 675-day-long investigation, even if they have to subpoena the special counsel or Barr to provide testimony.

“If there’s evidence of a compromise, whether it arises to criminal conduct or not, it needs to be exposed,” Schiff said.

“If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee,” he added. “I would imagine that the Judiciary Committee may call the attorney general before its committee if necessary.”

Schiff said it would be a “horrendous double standard” not to provide a full account of the evidence, since the Justice Department agreed to turn over some 880,000 pages of discovery to Congress in the investigation over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

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Congress’ two top Democrats on Friday urged Attorney General Bill Barr to make the full Mueller report public and to prevent the White House from receiving any advance review of the now-submitted document.

“Now that Special Counsel Mueller has submitted his report to the Attorney General, it is imperative for Mr. Barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to Congress,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a joint statement. “Attorney General Barr must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Special Counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.

“The Special Counsel’s investigation focused on questions that go to the integrity of our democracy itself: whether foreign powers corruptly interfered in our elections, and whether unlawful means were used to hinder that investigation.  The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency.”

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This week saw frenzied, hyperbolic speculation about the impending report from special counsel Robert Mueller. Months after the first published reports warned that the report was coming, Justice Department reporters and cable news pundits are insisting that this time it really, truly is imminent.

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Just two months after special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, his team of prosecutors trained their sights on Michael Cohen. That’s one of the most surprising revelations from the almost 900 pages of search warrant materials in the Cohen case made public on Tuesday.

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If last week saw Paul Manafort get off easy in a Virginia courtroom, this week saw the former Trump campaign chairman’s legal problems multiply. DC District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to another seven years in prison, though he’ll be allowed to serve his sentence for conspiracy-related charges concurrently with his Virginia sentence.

In total, Manafort was ordered to spend some seven-and-a-half years behind bars.

The tone of the two hearings couldn’t have been more different. While Virginia District Judge T.S. Ellis praised Manafort as a “generous person” who had lived a relatively “blameless life,” Berman Jackson said he was no “victim.” “It is hard to overstate the number of lies, and the amount of fraud,” she said of Manafort’s conduct.

Outside the courthouse, Manafort’s attorneys were loudly heckled by protesters for trying to claim that the back-to-back cases affirmed that “there was absolutely no evidence of any Russian collusion.”

Almost as soon as the sentence came down, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced that a New York state grand jury had indicted Manafort on mortgage fraud charges. The 16 separate counts laid out in the indictment include mortgage fraud, conspiracy, and falsifying business records. Manafort would still be accountable for these state criminal charges in the event that he received a pardon from President Trump for his federal crimes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) caused a mini-firestorm by claiming she was “not for” impeachment unless presidential conduct is discovered that is “so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” that it merits it. Pelosi has previously said pushing for impeachment was premature pending the conclusion of the special counsel’s investigation.

The Democratic leader waved away the attention, saying she’s said a version of the same statement “every week,” and only favors impeachment based on “ironclad” facts.

Trump, meanwhile, is now saying “there should be no Mueller Report” at all, since the document would be the fruit of a witch hunt against him.

The House of Representatives voted unanimously this week to release the eventual report, with just a few diehard Trump-boosting lawmakers voting “present” rather than “yes” or “no.”

Powerhouse attorney Andrew Weissman is departing from Robert Mueller’s team in the latest sign that the probe may be winding down.

Federal prosecutors in New York are seeking communications between Michael Cohen and a lawyer who inquired about a presidential pardon on Cohen’s behalf. Cohen’s legal team sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee this week saying that the former Trump fixer “could have been clearer” when he testified that he never asked for a pardon from Trump. Though Cohen didn’t do so personally, he did dispatch representatives to make this act in the immediate aftermath of the FBI’s April 2018 of his properties.

Cohen’s testimony is opening new lines of inquiry for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank this week seeking more information about the financing of various Trump building projects.

A Nov. 5 trial date was set in the case of Roger Stone, while Judge Berman Jackson continues to mull whether Stone violated a gag order she imposed.

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