Republicans, Democrats appear headed for more battles on Affordable Care Act

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"Now we're talking about doing great damage to the republic, not just to the president", Giuliani said about the allegations, which prompted a almost two-year probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Justice Department, in a two-sentence letter to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals filed Monday, said it backed a federal judge's ruling in December that the Affordable Care Act violated the Constitution because it required people to buy health insurance. It's arguing that the law is unconstitutional because Congress repealed fines on people who remain uninsured.

"In the past, the president certainly suggested that he was supportive of parts of it, supportive of not discriminating against pre-existing conditions", Pallone said.

The context of the hearing before U.S. District Court, Beryl Howell, the federal judge who slapped Mueller's mystery opponent (a foreign company owned by a foreign country that has resisted a Mueller subpoena and racked up hundreds of thousands in fines) with sanctions, was a discussion about what documents in the case should and shouldn't go public, and why. 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.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2017.

Trump had said he would not cut that part when campaigning for the White House, although his 2020 budget proposal slashed the program's funding.

A Justice Department attorney who was detailed to Mueller's team is now working with Barr and his staff to determine whether grand jury material in Mueller's report has to be withheld, the official said.

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The president now wants everyone to believe the Mueller Report clearing him of collusion, but does he want to disbelieve that part of the same report that incriminates Russian Federation for campaign interference? Barr was never going to find Trump guilty of obstruction, and he seemed eager to stop Congress from doing so.

Reporter: "Mr. president, do you think Robert Mueller acted honorably?"

"We said before that the district court's decision was misguided and wrong", said Matt Eyles, president of America's Health Insurance Plans.

"The Democrats aren't, they've let you down, they came up with Obamacare, its awful", Trump said.

"The minute I saw that, I said, 'What the hell are they putting that in there for?'" Giuliani said. "Trump has wanted to get rid of the ACA, and I guess he sees an opportunity here". During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump threw his support behind the Republican push to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

"House Democrats did not win the election on collusion; we didn't win the election on impeachment; we didn't win the election on obstruction of justice", said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY, the Democratic Caucus chairman.

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