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What they're saying: Lawmakers call for Mueller report to be made public

Sens. Gillibrand and Booker.
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Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report to be declassified and made public in short order, following news that his office submitted the final report to the Department of Justice on Friday after 2 years spent digging into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.

Why it matters: Attorney General Bill Barr, who is reviewing Mueller's report now, has said in the past he would release as much information publicly as is possible under the law, but that is no guarantee the report will be declassified and made public in whole. Barr told lawmakers on Friday in a letter he may be ready to reveal the findings as early as this weekend.

Dems demand FBI probe into ex-spa owner selling Chinese access to Trump

Nancy Pelosi speaks, with Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Jerry Nadler, and Dianne Feinstein behind her.
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Top Democrats in both the Senate and House have asked the FBI to launch criminal and counterintelligence investigations into "credible allegations of potential human trafficking, as well as unlawful foreign lobbying, campaign finance and other activities" by Li "Cindy" Yang, the founder of a chain of Florida massage parlors, NBC News reports.

The big picture: Yang, a Trump donor who was photographed with the president at a Super Bowl party last month, runs an investment firm believed to have been selling White House access to clients in China. She is a member of the "Florida Association for China Unification" — part of a global network of pro-government groups backed by the Chinese Communist Party. In their letter, the Democrats note that "China has frequently used non-traditional intelligence collectors and businesspersons to compromise targets."

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