Mueller Report: ‘Investigation Did Not Establish That Trump Campaign Conspired or Coordinated With Russian Government’

By Staff | March 24, 2019 | 7:23pm EDT
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( - The report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered to Attorney General William Barr on Friday did not establish that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, and Attorney General Barr determined that President Trump did not commit obstruction of justice to cover up a crime that never occurred.

“The report further explains that a primary consideration for the Special Counsel’s investigation was whether any Americans—including individuals associated with the Trump campaign—joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election, which would be a federal crime,” Barr said in a letter to Congress on Mueller’s principal conclusions.

{Read the entire text of Barr's letter on Mueller's principal conclusions by clicking here.]

“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find the Trump campaign or anyone associated wit it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” Barr said.

“As the report states: ‘[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,’” Barr said.

Barr’s letter notes that Mueller investigated the question of whether the president committed obstruction but did not draw a conclusion.

“The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime,” Barr said.

“After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principals of federal prosecution that guide our charging decision, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” said Barr.

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



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