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Attorney General William Barr announced to Congress in a letter on Sunday that the Special Counsel investigation found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, vindicating President Trump’s long-stated assertions.
Barr quoted from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report directly in a letter to Congress, saying, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
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He later again quoted Mueller’s report, saying, “The evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.”
His report ends an almost three-year investigation — started by the FBI and continued by Mueller — into whether President Trump or anyone from his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
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Barr’s letter summarized Mueller’s confidential report, which was submitted to him by the special counsel’s office on Friday afternoon.
Barr stated in his letter that his “goal and intent is to release as much of Mueller’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies,” making it unlikely that he would quote Mueller out of context.
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Barr said Mueller’s report did not make any determination on whether the president obstructed justice, instead leaving that determination up to Barr.
Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence developed during the investigation is not sufficient to establish that the president committed-an-obstruction of justice offense.
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Barr noted in his letter that Mueller wrote in regards to his office declining to make a judgment on obstruction, “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Some journalists and pundits have pointed to that line to argue that Mueller did not “exonerate” the president, without mentioning that Mueller left the decision...
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