The Justice Department has released a redacted version of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who investigated Russian election interference, any ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction.
- Attorney General William P. Barr offered a strong defense of President Trump before releasing Mr. Mueller’s report, saying that investigators “found no evidence” that any member of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in its effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. But he left no doubt that Russia interfered in the election, a fact Mr. Trump has not acknowledged.
- Mr. Barr said during a news conference that he gave Mr. Trump’s lawyers access to Mr. Mueller’s report “earlier this week,” before it was to be sent to Congress and made public. Mr. Trump’s lawyers did not ask for any redactions.
- Investigators examined 10 episodes in which the president may have obstructed justice but the attorney general said he concluded they did not add up to a crime.
- Even if the Trump campaign colluded with WikiLeaks, that was not a crime, Mr. Barr said.
- Mr. Trump did not even wait for the report to begin responding aggressively, lashing out with a barrage of tweets denouncing the investigation, while Democrats lashed out at Mr. Barr, accusing him of acting as a spokesman for the president.
Barr said Mueller ‘found no collusion.’
Trump’s lawyers read the report in advance.
Mueller examined 10 episodes for possible obstruction.
Barr says that even if the Trump campaign colluded with WikiLeaks, that is not a crime.
Trump frames the report as exoneration.
Waiting for report, Democrats lash out at Barr.
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