Published: Mon, March 25, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

How Mueller Gave Trump a Rare Political Win

How Mueller Gave Trump a Rare Political Win

US President Donald Trump declared Sunday that he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russian Federation in the 2016 election, in a major boost for his re-election hopes.

The Democratic heads of six House committees wrote a joint letter to Barr Friday, saying, "If the Special Counsel has reason to believe that the president has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the Justice Department has an obligation not to hide such information".

He has frequently derided Mueller's work as a "witch hunt" and denies collaborating with Moscow or obstructing justice.

"It's a shame that our country had to go through this".

The US Attorney General has sent summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to Congress.

Summarizing Mueller's findings, Barr said no Trump campaign official was involved in Russian conspiracies in 2016 to hack Democratic computers and flood social media with disinformation to harm Trump's Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton.

She noted the attorney general had subsequently further determined there was "no obstruction".

And while Mueller did not conclude either way on the question of obstruction of justice, Attorney General Bill Barr and his deputy Rod Rosenstein decided that there was not enough evidence for this charge against President Donald Trump, either.

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Mr Barr concluded the report had identified "no actions" that amounted to a criminal offence of obstruction of justice. And the president faces other serious legal trouble in everything from a defamation lawsuit from a woman who claimed sexual harassment to constitutional questions about his Washington hotel, not to mention the lingering questions left by Barr's summary, which House Democrats have vowed to get answers on.

"The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion - one way or another - as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction", he said.

"It was a complete and total exoneration", he said, adding that it was an "illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side".

Six of those were former insiders in Trump's circle, and five have been convicted, including Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, his national security advisor Michael Flynn and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Special counsel Robert Mueller after attending church in Washington on March 24, 2019.

Mueller also was examining whether Trump or his associates unlawfully attempted to obstruct justice by trying to hinder the investigation.

He says Democrats are concerned there'll be no "bombshell" in the report, so they're pursing more investigations of the president.

Democrat Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he would be calling Barr to testify in the near future.

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