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The long-awaited report from the Robert Mueller probe into allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government was sent to Attorney General William Barr late Friday. Today, Barr released a letter to ranking members of the overseeing Senate Judiciary Committee, summarizing the confidential report and his agency’s next steps.
You can read the letter below.
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In at least five places, Barr’s letter says the report clears Trump and his campaign from all charges of treasonous collusion with Russia. Here they are.
“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 to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” Barr writes. He then quotes the special counsel’s report itself, which says the same thing.
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Shortly thereafter in the letter, Barr reiterates that “The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
‘The Special Counsel…did not draw a conclusion—one way or the other—as to whether the examined conduct [of President Trump] constituted obstruction,” writes Barr. “Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction.”
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The obstruction of justice charges are largely a matter...
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