William Barr says Mueller report found no obstruction or collusion


William Barr says Mueller report found no obstruction or collusion

Barr has said the report shows no evidence President Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation.

At news conference in New York, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said, "Even in its incomplete form, however, the Mueller report outlines disturbing evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct".

U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller "did not establish" that the 2016 Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

The report is almost 400 pages and covers subjects ranging from questions about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. Both Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that there was no case to prosecute the president on obstruction.

"We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel's investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible", Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

US Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters as an updated version of the Mueller report is expected to be released later on Thursday, and will be presented to the US Congress.

To find evidence of coordination, both Russian Federation and the Trump campaign would have had to agree to act.

Barr was asked about that at this press conference, and he said he would have no objection to Robert Mueller testifying before Congress.

"No one outside this group proposed any redactions, and no one outside the department has seen the unredacted report, with the exception of certain sections that were made available to IC, the intelligence community, for their advice on protecting intelligence sources and methods", he continued. But it appeared to be the latest move by Trump and his allies to try and shape the narrative surrounding the investigation - featuring his incessant tweeting of "No Collusion" and his attacks on the credibility of the investigators in hopes of undermining their findings.

Mr Barr has said he was "committed to ensuring the greatest degree possible of transparency" with its release, and described redactions to the public report as "limited".

DETROW: Yeah. I think this is going to be a part of the Barr press conference that Democrats especially focus in on. And of course, you know, his choice of words to say that the president had a honest, quote, unquote, "belief that this was unfair", that, of course, completely begs the question - I mean, if you believed he sincerely felt it was unfair, then obviously he was not really trying to obstruct justice.

The White House seized upon Barr's four-page summary last month as vindication and played down the contents of the report itself.

The long-awaited publication of the two-year investigation followed a disputed summary released last month, which was seized on by the White House as proof that the president did not collude with Russian Federation and that he had not obstructed justice.

Substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the president's decision to fire Comey was Comey's unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the president's repeated requests that Comey make such an announcement. But it determined that the links between people with ties to the Russian government and people associated with the Trump campaign did not amount to evidence of criminal activity.

Once William Barr took over as Attorney General in January 2019, he assumed responsibility for overseeing Mueller's report.

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Barr was asked about this in the Q&A portion, and he emphasized, "The statements about his honest beliefs are recognized in the report that there was "substantial evidence" for that".

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