Donald Trump: Mueller CLEARS president over Russia – but 'NOT EXONERATED' on obstruction

Donald Trump: Mueller CLEARS president over Russia – but 'NOT EXONERATED' on obstruction

Mr Mueller spent nearly two years investigating allegations of Russian meddling to help Mr Trump defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.  However the report, which has been outlined by the US Attorney-General in a letter to Congress, could not “exonerate” the President from any crimes either. A letter from the Attorney General William Barr said: “The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

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.

“The Special Counsel recognised that ‘the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference’.”

Mr Trump hailed the verdict and took to social media to share his delight.

The US President wrote on Twitter: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he would leave it to the attorney general to decide whether a crime was committed.

The White House has welcomed the findings and state it is a “complete exoneration” of Mr Trump.

A White House spokeswoman said: “The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and Deputy AG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction.

“The findings of the DOJ are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”

The US Presidents Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani also hailed the summary of the report.

Mr Giuliani said: It’s better than I expected.”

Mr Mueller sent his report to the Attorney on Friday following a 22-month investigation.

The chairman of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, said his panel would call on the Attorney General to testify shortly, citing concerns over Mr Barr’s conclusions to the probe.

Mr Nadler wrote on Twitter: “In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future.”

Mr Barr, who is the top US law enforcement official, spent nine hours studying the report on Saturday before presenting “principal conclusions”.

The release of the summary is likely to ignite a new political fight in Washington as Democrats push for the Attorney to release the full report.

Throughout the course of the investigation Mr Mueller and his team charged 34 people – including six of Mr Trump’s former aides and a dozen Russians – as well as three companies.

However none of those charges directly related to the allegations of collusion between the campaign and Moscow – allegations that President Trump has always denied.

On Thursday prior to the conclusion of the report Mr Trump openly criticised the Mueller investigation and branded the whole thing a “Witch Hunt” which had been “orchestrated by loser Democrats and their friends in the Fake News Media”.

 

Published at Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:56:00 +0000