There was no collusion. That was the key finding of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report into whether President Trump and members of his campaign conspired with the Russian government to win the 2016 election. While the full report on Mueller’s 22-month investigation has not yet been made public, Attorney General William Barr sent a four-page letter to congressional leaders on Sunday laying out his interpretation of Mueller’s findings. Barr wrote that the report concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 election but that “the Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts.” Mueller also examined whether Trump could be criminally charged for obstructing justice, but he did not come to a definitive conclusion. Barr quoted a passage from the Mueller report saying that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” In his letter Barr–who became attorney general just last month– announced that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded there is not enough sufficient evidence to “establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Published on Democracy Now, Mar 25, 2019
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