CAPITOL HILL - The battle over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report is just beginning. Democrats say the findings are rigged, suggesting Attorney General William Barr is partisan and demanding full release of the report by next week.
Republicans are claiming the high ground after the 22-month Mueller investigation found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"It's lasted a long time. We're glad it's over. It's 100 percent the way it should have been. I wish it could have gone a lot sooner, a lot quicker," President Trump said.
Vice President Mike Pence said, "Make no mistake about it. This was a total vindication of the POTUS and our campaign, and it should be welcomed by every American."
Democrats disagree, questioning the attorney general's conclusions.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said, "The President has not been exonerated by the special counsel, yet the attorney general has decided not to go further, or apparently to share those findings with the public."
Nadler even suggests the findings are rigged, calling for the release of the full report to the American public. "We cannot simply rely on what might be a hasty, partisan explanation of the facts," he says.
President Trump and other Republican leaders agree the report should be released. "Up to the attorney general but it wouldn't bother me at all," he said.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, "My desire is for the public to get as much of the report as possible."
Meanwhile, Graham is calling for a special counsel to look into actions by the FBI and the Department of Justice during the investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.
"What makes no sense to me is all the abuse by the Department of Justice, and the FBI. The unprofessional conduct, the shady behavior - nobody seems to think that's much important, well that's going to change I hope," he said.
He questions why no one alerted Trump of possible ties between his associates and foreign governments like Russia as they have for lawmakers like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the past.
"That's the way it's supposed to work. How did it fail and breakdown here? Was it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign? I don't know but I'm going to try to find out," Graham said.
Meanwhile, administration officials are calling on the news media to apologize.
"You owe the country an apology," said Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, blasting the media for obsessive coverage of Mueller. "It gets my goat that we're doing great things in that building behind you and you refuse to cover it because you had to cover collusion, you had to cover conspiracy, you had to cover the Russians, treason, indictment, impeachment – nonsense."
A report from Axios reveals the extent of the news media's extreme focus on this issue, with 533,074 web articles published since May of 2017 about Russia and Mueller.
But NewsBusters reports the Media Research Center sees no signs of penitance from the media. "MRC analysts looked at the past 24 hours of CNN coverage (from 5:00 p.m. Eastern on March 24 to the same time the following day), and found a total of 120 instances in which hosts or other journalists asserted that President Trump had not been exonerated. Those 120 cases did not include quotes from Democratic politicians or other explicitly partisan sources."
Sen. Graham warns Democrats they should accept the findings of the Mueller investigation, or risk the public backlash Republicans faced in the 90's as they continued to investigate President Bill Clinton.