Barr: Trump Campaign Did Not Conspire With Russian Hackers or Illegally Disseminate Hacked Material

By Susan Jones | April 18, 2019 | 10:08am EDT
Attorney General Bill Barr (Screen Capture)

( - The Mueller report details efforts by Russian military officials to hack into computers and steal documents and emails from individuals associated with the Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign for the purpose of eventually publicizing these documents, Attorney General William Barr told a news conference on Thursday.

Following Mueller's "thorough investigation," however, the Special Counsel charged Russian military officers for the illegal hacking, but the special counsel "did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these hacking operations.

"In other words, there was no evidence of the Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government's hacking," Barr said.

He continued:

The special counsel's investigation also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the Internet. The Special Counsel found that after (Russian intelligence/GRU) disseminated some of the stolen documents to entities that it controlled, D.C. Leaks and Guccifer 2, the GRU transferred some of the stolen materials to Wikileaks for publication.

Wikileaks then made a series of document dumps. The Special Counsel also investigated whether any member or affiliate of the Trump campaign encouraged or otherwise played a role in these dissemination efforts.

Under applicable law, publication of these types of material would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy. Here, too, the Special Counsel's report did not find that any person associated with the trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials.

Barr said the Special Counsel also investigated "a number of links or contacts" between Trump campaign officials and individuals connected with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"After reviewing these contacts, the special counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. Law involving Russian-linked persons and any persons associated with the Trump campaign. So that's the bottom line," Barr said.

"After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those efforts."

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