Special counsel Robert Mueller did not uncover evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a letter sent to Congress on Sunday from Attorney General William Barr.
Barr and Rosenstein also wrote that they did not find they could bring a criminal case with proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump’s actions obstructed a specific proceeding.
Barr notes the “absence of such evidence” related to crimes around the Russian election interference, weighed on his decision regarding obstruction.
Barr explains in the letter that Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice found the President’s actions were not “done with corrupt intent.”
Barr said as well he intends to release even more of the report, but time depends on how quickly Mueller can scrub the report from secret info, “Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the [grand jury] material that by law cannot be made public. I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel” Barr wrote.
Special counsel Robert Mueller found that neither the Trump campaign, nor anyone associated with it, “conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” according to a letter that Attorney General Bill Barr sent to Congress on Sunday.
The special counsel defined “coordination” as an “agreement — tacit or express — between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on election interference.”
Barr also wrote that after reviewing the evidence compiled by Mueller, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr quotes special counsel Robert Mueller as saying.
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on House Judiciary Committee, demanded today that Democrats drop probes into President Trump following Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“The special counsel’s investigation was long, thorough and conclusive: There was no collusion. There is no constitutional crisis,” he said.
“For two years, special counsel Mueller conducted his investigation with every available Justice Department resource at his disposal, and today’s principal conclusions assure every American there was no collusion between Russia and Donald Trump or his campaign. Russia is a bad actor with dark intentions, but there is no evidence that they compromised a presidential nominee. The special counsel’s investigation was long, thorough and conclusive: There was no collusion. There is no constitutional crisis. As the report states, ‘the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.’
I have joined my colleagues across the aisle in calling for transparency here, and I welcome the openness and speed with which attorney general Barr is sharing the special counsel’s findings with our committee and the American people.
While we know that regulations prohibit the attorney general from revealing classified, grand jury and other sensitive information, we can take comfort that his actions are both proper and non-partisan: Democrats wrote the regulations that now govern how he handles Mr. Mueller’s report, and he appears to be complying with those regulations.
With this in mind, chairman Nadler has the chance to rethink his sprawling investigation, which retreads ground already covered by the special counsel and is already a matter of public record. I hope he recognizes that what may be political fodder for Democrats may not be good for our country.
I look forward to moving ahead and working with everyone on the Judiciary Committee to do the business of the American people — fixing our broken immigration system, protecting American innovation from China’s economic espionage and investing in meaningful criminal justice reform. Today, I ask chairman Nadler to join us in abandoning the divisiveness that Russia prizes and prioritizing the unity that has always made America stronger than our enemies.”
Barr’s four-page letter is 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.
In his first response, Trump described Barr’s letter as “total exoneration” in brief tweet Sunday evening, roughly an hour after it was released by Congress and the Justice Department.
“No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” Trump tweeted.
“The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders added.
Meanwhile, Democrats reiterated calls for the entire report to be made public and raised demands for Barr to answer questions about Mueller’s lack of conclusions about obstruction of justice.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Twitter demanded “full transparency” surrounding what Mueller uncovered “to not exonerate” Trump from wrongdoing.
“There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing. DOJ owes the public more than just a brief synopsis and decision not to go any further in their work,” Nadler wrote.
“But Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts,” he wrote.
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Updated at 5:33 p.m.