Democrats were quick to criticize the move. Both parties are readjusting their aims and strategies in the post-probe landscape, pivoting to healthcare and other issues that are more important for many voters, even with Mueller's full findings still unknown. In 2016, they got a Republican president and Congress, giving them an open field get rid of it and install their own program.
Barr later explained in the letter that "the Special Counsel did not find that any US person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the [Russian] IRA [Internet Research Agency] in its efforts [to influence the election], although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities".
"I can't quite understand what's going on with the obstruction stuff", Comey said at the event.
Many within and outside of the Republican party questioned the Trump administration's decision to switch gears to health care just days after the long-awaited news from the Mueller investigation that Trump celebrated Sunday.
In a capital city consumed with the political storm over special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report, Democrats are trying to show they also care about policy by falling back on an issue that worked well for them in last year's midterm elections.
An analysis by Bloomberg late previous year claimed that more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, either through the private health insurance exchanges set up by the law or through the expansion of Medicaid.
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In a reversal that could threaten health coverage for more than 20 million Americans, lawyers for the Trump Administration have come out in support of a previous ruling by a Texas federal judge that struck down the the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. He told GOP senators that health care should be their focus heading into the 2020 election.
Democrats have been demanding the release of the special counsel's full report, as well as the evidence behind it.
"It's a great day for America", Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a rare appearance on CNN, a channel the White House regularly savages as "fake news". "We're coming up with plans", he said. Axios reported earlier Wednesday that McCarthy told the president that the attempt to get the ACA overturned "made no sense".
Democratic strategist and campaign veteran Jesse Ferguson said Trump's party "lost the midterms" as a result of its position on health care. Yet, on Tuesday, Schiff told CNN that the problem was an inability to establish proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" and promised that Congress would continue its own investigations of Trump to prove that he was "compromised" by Russian Federation.
"It will destroy the infrastructure of health care in this country", said Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who served for eight years as President Clinton's Health and Human Services Secretary.
In his December decision, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor said the ACA had survived its first wave of challenges only because the Supreme Court determined in 2012 that the penalty imposed on those who did not sign up for coverage was a valid exercise of Congress' power to tax and spend.