Washington / The report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the past two years concluded that nobody on the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump, including the then-candidate, colluded with Russian authorities as the latter worked to influence the election, according to a letter released Sunday afternoon by Attorney General William Barr.
Barr wrote in his letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees 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 to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
“As the report states, ‘The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,'” Barr continued, quoting directly from Mueller’s report.
Barr also wrote that “The report does not recommend any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public.”
According to Barr, Mueller’s report stated that the “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” and the attorney general added that this decision by Mueller had placed the decision on whether Trump committed criminal obstruction of justice in Barr’s hands.
However, Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that the evidence that Mueller gathered during his extensive investigation is not sufficient to establish whether the president committed obstruction of justice.
The publication of Mueller’s findings puts an end to days of speculation in the media and elsewhere after he turned over his report to the Justice Department last Friday.
Neither Trump nor anyone else in the White House received an advance look at the report and they were not informed of its contents prior to Barr’s letter, according to presidential spokesman Hogan Gidley, who is with the president at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter on Sunday shortly after Barr’s letter was made public that “The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG 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.”
Since the announcement of the close of Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin on Friday, the president has remained silent, although he was huddling with his attorneys and advisers at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.
Members of Congress, mainly Democrats but also a few Republicans, have called for the release of the full report, although it remains to be seen whether Barr – who has the authority to release or not to release the report, or portions of it – will do so.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said that his committee wants the full report to be made public – and will fight to ensure that happens – arguing against the potential assertion of executive privilege by Trump to block its release.
“It’s so crucial that the entire report and the evidence underlying it be released to the public,” Nadler told CNN on Sunday. “Transparency is key here.”
The chairman said his committee would take the matter to the US Supreme Court, if necessary, to obtain the full report if Trump claims executive privilege to block it.
During the course of the investigation, 34 people were indicted, including six of Trump’s close advisers – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone – and 26 Russians who probably will never be placed on trial because the US has no extradition treaty with Moscow.
Over the past two years, Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation a “witchhunt” mounted by the Democratic opposition and has consistently denied that his 2016 campaign was involved in any plot with Russia to harm the election chances of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. (March 24, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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