Barr: Trump Gave Mueller Unfettered Access to Witnesses and Documents

Craig Bannister | April 18, 2019 | 10:25am EDT
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“The White House fully cooperated” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday.

In a press briefing preceding the release of Mueller’s report on the investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia, Barr said that the White House provided “unfettered access” to documents and witnesses. Here is what Barr said:

“There was relentless speculation in the news media about the president's personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion. As the special counsel's report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show the president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks.

“Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel's investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims. The president took no act that deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation.

“Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, these non-corrupt motives weigh heavily against any allegation that the president had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation.”


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