Millions of dollars, 674 days, hundreds of interviews, thousands of documents and indictments against 34 people–done, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election is handed off to the justice department.
Willian Barr, the attorney general appointed by President Trump, read the report and quickly concluded: there was no collusion between president-elect Trump and the Russians, and there was no obstruction of justice.
He submitted a short letter explaining his decisions.
Mueller was conclusive about collusion
Mueller’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in the 2016 election.
Mueller was not conclusive about obstruction
Mueller’s investigation found obstructive actions but did not draw a conclusion from them.
In his letter, Barr explains that he considered three critera in drawing his conclusion from Mueller’s report about whether or not there was obstruction:
- was there obstructive conduct
- was the conduct related to the Mueller investigation
- was the conduct “done with corrupt intent”
Barr explained that no action by the President satisfied all three.
Read Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller report here.
Are you ready to bury the Mueller report in a shallow grave in the backyard? Or, should we continue the investigation all the way to its end? Check out the debate here.