The investigation of Robert Muller
“The prosecutor’s investigation did not find that Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” William Barr wrote.
According to Barr, Mueller indicated that “while this report concludes that the president did not commit a crime, it does not exonerate him“.
The document released leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, Barr said.
However, Barr concluded that the evidence Mueller “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed a crime of obstruction of justice.
White House’s reaction
After the report’s main findings, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it Trump’s “total and complete exoneration”.
The release of Mueller’s findings puts an end to a few days of speculation after the special prosecutor delivered the report to the Justice Department on Friday.
“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said.
Also, neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had received Mueller’s report beforehand, and they had not been informed of its contents.
Members of Congress, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have asked for the full dissemination of the report, which has raised much expectation in the United States.
Mueller already announced that after the closing of the investigation he did not plan to file any more charges in relation to this issue.
Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December had at no time undertaken to disclose the report once it had reached his hands.
As a result of this investigation, they accused 34 people, including six former Trump advisers and 26 Russians.
In the report, Muller does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings.
For this reason, rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency.
Finally, Trump has insisted that this investigation constituted a “witch-hunt” activated by the Democratic opposition.
Also, he has consistently denied that in the election campaign for the 2016 elections there was a plot between his team and the Russian government to help him win.