Mueller report is blow to U.S. Democrats' plans to probe Trump

Trump declares'complete exoneration after Mueller report finds no collusion

Trump declares'complete exoneration after Mueller report finds no collusion

A summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation released Sunday said there was found no proof of coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign amid the 2016 U.S. polls.

Interestingly, the report mentions that while it does not conclude that Trump committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.

Instead of showing bias toward the president, Mueller refrained from concluding that Trump obstructed justice in the investigation, and he left that question open for others to assess.

"[Attorney General William Barr] says that the President may have acted to obstruct justice, but that for an obstruction conviction, "the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct".

Barr on March 24 sent a letter to US lawmakers with his outline of the "principal findings" of the 22-month-long investigation.

To date, however, none of the charges have directly addressed the question of whether there was coordination between Trump's associates and Russian officials.

Other prosecutors have picked up strands of the Mueller probe, most notably the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY which is looking into Trump's business practices and financial dealings.

However, other jurisdictions could file charges related to offshoot issues from Mueller's investigation.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said in a statement Sunday that the findings meant the "case is closed" on the matters investigated by Mueller, a conclusion rejected by Democrats.

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"So many questions", Comey tweeted along with a photo of himself in a forest.

That appears virtually impossible now that Republicans can point to Mueller finding no collusion and not recommending any definitive action on obstruction of justice on Trump's part. "And got a gift for the 2020 election", she tweeted.

"It's one of those hard realities that sometimes things don't turn out the way you wanted them to", said Democratic political consultant Colin Strother, who is based in Austin, Texas.

But the end of Mueller's operation did not leave Trump's White House in the clear.

Spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters that the White House still has not received or been briefed on Mueller's report.

"Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the president, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts", Nadler said.

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

Although Mueller's report "does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him", the special counsel wrote in his confidential report, according to Barr's summary.

On the other hand, Barr said Mueller declined to reach a decision on the evidence against the president of obstruction - nearly guaranteeing that Democrats in Congress will push to investigate this further.

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