Special Counsel Robert Mueller finds neither Trump nor Members of the Trump Campaign conspired with Russia.
Today, March 24th, 2019 Attorney General William Barr released a letter to the ranking members of the house and senate judiciary committee summarizing the key findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report (1). The report entitled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election”, conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations that President Trump and members of his campaign conspired with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election or then obstructed the investigation (1). Per AG Barr, the report states: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” (1), and in regards to possible obstruction of justice, the Special Counsel finds that, “while this report does not conclude the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” (1). In summation, while President Trump and his campaign members do not face “any further indictments, nor did the Special Counsel obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public” (1), it is up to the Attorney General “to determine whether the conduct described in the [obstruction of justice charge of the] report constitutes a crime. In his letter, Attorney General Barr states that himself and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.” (1). While this is just an initial status of the Attorney General’s review of the Special Counsel’s report, the full report remains to be released, however, the AG has stated it his, “intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as [he] can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies” (1).