‘Trump-Russia plot to sway 2016 polls’, no evidence found
Special Counsel, Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign ‘conspired or coordinated’ with Russia to influence 2016 Presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, Attorney General William Barr declared.
That brought a hearty claim of vindication from Trump but set stage for new rounds of political and legal fighting.
Trump cheered outcome but also laid bare his resentment after two years of investigations that have shadowed his administration. “It’s a shame that our country has had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your President has had to go through this,” he remarked.
Democrats pointed out that Mueller found evidence for and against obstruction and demanded to see his full report. They insisted that even summary by President’s Attorney General hardly put him in clear.
While Mueller was categorical in ruling out criminal collusion, he was more circumspect on Presidential obstruction of justice. Despite Trump’s claim of total exoneration, Mueller did not draw a conclusion one way or other on whether he sought to stifle Russia investigation through his actions including firing of former FBI Director, James Comey.
Attorney General said he and Rosenstein had determined that Mueller’s evidence was insufficient to prove in court that Trump had committed obstruction of justice to hamper probe.
Mueller’s team examined a series of actions by President in last two years to determine if he intended obstruction.
Mueller’s findings absolve Trump on question of colluding with Russia but don’t entirely remove legal threats President and associates are facing.
Thirty-four people, including six Trump aides and advisers, were charged in investigation. Twenty-five are Russians accused of election interference either through hacking into Democratic accounts or orchestrating a social media campaign to spread disinformation on internet.
Barr did not speak with President, Mueller was not consulted on letter and White House does not have Mueller’s report, according to Justice Department officials.