Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024

Mueller found no Trump collusion with Russia, not enough evidence for obstruction: Barr

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia — and the Justice Department says Mueller didn’t uncover enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, according to a letter Sunday from Attorney General William Barr.

The four-page letter summarizes for Congress the key findings of the report that Mueller submitted Friday upon wrapping up his 22-month probe.

“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 presidential election,” Barr wrote.

In a footnote, Barr said Mueller “defined ‘coordination’ as ‘an agreement — tacit or express — between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on election interference.’ ”

Barr also said that he and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein had decided Mueller didn’t compile enough evidence to justify charging Trump with obstruction of justice in connection with Mueller’s probe, which the president repeatedly branded a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

“Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president,” Barr wrote.

DOJ policy bars indicting and prosecuting a sitting president, based on a 2000 opinion from its Office of Legal Counsel.

In addition to recommending no new indictments, Mueller’s report also says he didn’t “obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public,” Barr wrote.

Barr’s letter came after he said Friday that he was “committed to as much transparency as possible,” and that he was working with Mueller and Rosenstein to figure out how much of Mueller’s report could be released to Congress and the public.

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