Thursday, 18 Apr 2024

Donald Trump won't be charged with crime but new report 'doesn't exonerate him'

Donald Trump won’t face criminal charges from special counsel Robert Mueller, who said that his newly-shared summary ‘does not exonerate’ the president.

A letter sharing the Mueller report’s conclusions was given Congress by Attorney General William Barr Sunday. It said there was sufficient evidence to accuse President Trump of obstructing justice, amid claims he had interfered with criminal investigations.

But the summary of its findings continued: ‘While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’

The summary conclusions of Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign were sent to Congress by US Attorney General William Barr Sunday.

Barr received the confidential report Friday night, just as President Trump arrived at his Florida country club Mar-a-Lago for a summit with Caribbean leaders. US Democrats are now set to push for the entire report to be made public, with President Trump himself saying he is happy for it to be shared.

This sparked speculation that President Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr had both been cleared, amid speculation the latter could face charges over pre-election meetings with Russian officials.

Trump has long denied allegations he knew anything about Russian collusion, and has repeatedly branded Mueller’s probe a ‘witch hunt.’

The special counsel began his investigation in May 2017. It has seen criminal charges brought against 34 people and three companies.

Six people close to Trump were among those charged with various crimes, with five of those individuals convicted or facing charges.

They include the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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