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A top Senate Democrat on the Judiciary Committee conceded in a conference call with reporters Saturday that when the special counsel's principal findings are released by Attorney General William Barr, there may well be cause for celebration among President Donald Trump's supporters - many of whom have stood by the president for more than two years amid a torrent of unproven allegations that the Trump campaign illegally conspired with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

In his investigation of whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, Mueller has brought charges against 34 people, including six aides and advisers to the president, and three companies.

Shortly after Mueller handed over his report, news outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post quoted a "senior justice department official" as saying Mueller's report recommended no further indictments.

Pelosi and six top committee leaders held what they termed an emergency conference call on Saturday with Democratic House members.

And of course, presidential candidates among the Democrats are lining up behind that message. Earlier this week, Trump-continuing to profess is innocence and repeating his "no collusion" mantra-said the report should be made public.

Both parties have pushed the Justice Department to allow lawmakers to publicly discuss the report's conclusions, once lawmakers have received them from Barr.

Barr has said he could notify Congress of Mueller's "principal conclusions" as soon as Saturday.

That's according to a person on the call Saturday who asked for anonymity to discuss the private session with Democratic lawmakers.

Trump has not commented to reporters or taken to Twitter, one of his favorite ways of communicating, on the completion of the investigation that has cast a shadow over his two years in the White House.

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Fox News is told that impeachment was not mentioned on the Democrats' conference call. "He's good, he's good". Gidley declined to say whether Trump had talked about the Mueller report while golfing. If the report claims any sort of direct connection between President Donald Trump and Russian election interference, some folks are going to want to get that into the public's hands.

The big question is whether the report contains allegations against Trump or exonerates him.

Barr, the top US law enforcement official, spent nine hours on Saturday studying the report.

Even with the details still under wraps, the end of the probe without additional indictments by Mueller was welcome news to some in Trump's orbit who had feared a final round of charges could ensnare more Trump associates, including members of the president's family. Mueller brought charges against 34 people and three companies, with prison sentences for some of Trump's former aides.

Trump's convicted former personal lawyer Michael Cohen implicated the president in his guilty plea on campaign finance violations in a separate prosecution brought by federal prosecutors in NY. They include Donald Trump Jr., who had a role in arranging a Trump Tower meeting at the height of the 2016 campaign with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was interviewed at least twice by Mueller's prosecutors.

That's according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday.

"It's the end of the beginning but it's not the beginning of the end", said Delaware Democrat Sen.

None of those charges, however, directly related to the question of collusion between the campaign and Moscow. He's said he will consult with Mueller and Rosenstein on "what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public".

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