Republican group to hand-deliver Mueller report to every GOP lawmaker

A Republican group is hand-delivering special counsel Robert Mueller's report to every lawmaker in its party on the heels of his first public remarks on the two-year Russia investigation. 

Republicans for the Rule of Law announced Thursday it will deliver a copy of the report with highlighted sections to Republicans in Congress. 

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"As Republicans and conservatives, we consider an uncompromising commitment to the rule of law in the best interests of both the Republican Party and the United States," the group said in a letter to lawmakers. 

"With this pre-highlighted copy of the Mueller report in hand, all Republicans in Congress will have an easy defense against charges of not having read it," the letter continues. 

On Wednesday, Mueller said the report is his testimony and he does not want to appear before Congress. He said everything that needs to be said is laid out in the 448-page document. 

Mueller reiterated during remarks at the Department of Justice headquarters that his investigation did not clear Trump, adding that Justice Department policy prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime. 

Along with the letter and highlighted report, Republicans for the Rule of Law released a video with three GOP-appointed federal prosecutors claiming Trump would have been indicted if he were not president. 

The prosecutors also discuss ways in which the report outlines Trump's alleged obstruction of justice. 

"The rule of law has always been a nonnegotiable principle of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. These veterans of the Reagan and Bush Administrations are reminding us that the law applies the same to everyone — even the president. Republicans and all Americans need to listen," said Chris Truax, a Republicans for the Rule of Law spokesman. 

Democratic calls for Trump's impeachment ramped up following Mueller's comments.

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGroup of House Democrats reportedly attended the White House ball Group of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing MORE (Mich.) crossed party lines earlier this month as the lone Republican endorsing impeachment.