Mueller Report Is Out: Case For Obstruction Of Justice Is Wide Open, Did Not Conclude Trump Conspired With Russia
Special counsel Robert Mueller did not conclude that Donald Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, but the report does not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.
According to a letter sent to Congress on Sunday from Attorney General Bill Barr, Mueller did not uncover evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election, but did not say whether Trump obstructed justice in the investigation of Russia’s interference, leaving the case open.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities,’” Barr writes.
Barr’s letter was a summary of what officials described as the “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s 22-month investigation. The special counsel submitted a confidential report to the attorney general on Friday, shuttering an investigation that has dogged President Trump for nearly two years.
While Barr’s letter stated that Mueller did not reach a conclusion as to whether Trump had obstructed justice, it says he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in reviewing Mueller’s findings determined there was not an obstruction of justice offense.
“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’” Barr wrote.