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Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's public statement on Wednesday announcing the end of his investigation set off a chorus of reactions around Washington as 2020 Democratic candidates called for impeachment and President Trump tried to spin it as a win in a tweet.

"Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you."

Reality check: Trump's interpretation is not at all what Mueller said. The former special counsel said that if his office "had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime," it would have said so, adding that charging Trump was never even an option under Justice Department guidelines.

What they're saying:

  • White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: "After two years, the Special Counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same."
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth. We call upon the Senate to pass H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to protect our election systems."
  • House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.): "Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so."
  • House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff: "We look forward to Mueller's testimony before Congress. While I understand his reluctance to answer hypotheticals or deviate from the carefully worded conclusions he drew on his charging decisions, there are, nevertheless, a great many questions he can answer that go beyond the report, including any counterintelligence issues and classified matters that were not addressed in his findings."
  • Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): "[F]or me, the case is over. Mr. Mueller has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself. Congress should follow his lead."
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): "Mr. Mueller's statement also makes clear that Congress has a right—we believe an obligation—to continue our constitutionally mandated oversight without interference or stonewalling and follow the facts wherever they may lead."
  • Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.): The only congressional Republican to support impeachment action against Trump tweeted, "The ball is in our court, Congress."
  • Ranking member of House Oversight Committee Jim Jordan: "9 minute and 39 second press conference. Same conclusions. No new information. Time to move on."
  • House Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.): "I support impeachment. The President has egregiously obstructed justice. The Special Counsel did not give any indication that the President is innocent. I take Robert Mueller at his word: 'If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.' Therefore, it is time for Congress to perform its oversight duties."
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who supported impeachment after the release of the Mueller report: "Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should."
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D): "This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances."
  • Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Tex.): "There must be consequences, accountability, and justice. The only way to ensure that is to begin impeachment proceedings."
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.): "Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately."
  • Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): "Mueller did his job. Now it’s time to do ours. Impeachment hearings should begin tomorrow."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): "It's time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings and follow the facts. Robert Mueller clearly expects Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and take steps that he could not. We can't let the president defy basic accountability measures built into our Constitution."

Go deeper: Explore a detailed view of the Mueller report

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First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

4 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

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The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.

9 hours ago - Health

Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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