US Attorney General Barr Says Trump is CLEARED, NO COLLUSION With Russia

US Attorney General Barr Says Trump is CLEARED, NO COLLUSION With Russia

Mr Barr has said he was "committed to ensuring the greatest degree possible of transparency" with its release, and described redactions to the public report as "limited".

Barr has had the report since Mueller submitted it on March 22. Trump said of the Russian Federation probe in a tweet Thursday morning.

He told reporters that "no collusion" had been found between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - repeating the phrase that the president himself has used many times.

The investigation was fueled by a political opposition research document funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign that was used to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. The report represents the culmination of a almost two-year investigation of Russian election tampering, the Trump campaign and alleged wrongdoing by the president, which Trump has denied.

Bakari Sellers, another CNN commentator, said, "The Trump campaign encouraged and participated in the dissemination of stolen DNC and Clinton Campaign emails".

Trump had previously claimed that the report "totally exonerated" him.

Washington Post writer and anti-Trump "conservative" Jennifer Rubin stated simply, "Interfering with an investigation because you are frustrated is the very definition of corrupt motives".

When President Trump's former senior communications director Jason Miller tweeted that people owed an apology to Don Jr., he said he wouldn't hold his breath.

Eager to judge the report for themselves, Democrats quickly took on Barr's arguments. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reviewed the arguments Mueller presented and concluded there is not enough evidence to file charges.

Nadler also said he's "deeply troubled" by reports that the White House is being briefed on the Mueller report ahead of its release.

"Oh so the attorney general is giving us another summary of the report and giving a little rah rah nod to the White House?"

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"The president slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God".

CNN's Wolf Blitzer called it an "almost complete vindication" of President Trump by his attorney general.

"Accordingly, the public report I am releasing today contains redactions only for the four categories that I previously outlined, and no material has been redacted based on executive privilege", Barr said, noting that the president's lawyers did not request or were permitted to make any redactions.

"You'll see a lot of strong things come out tomorrow", Trump told WMAL radio's Larry O'Connor show. And as the special counsel's report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by his honest belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks.

As for the question of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Mueller wrote, "While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges". "So I'm not sure what your basis is for saying that I'm generous to the president".

Barr told reporters in Washington Thursday morning that he would have "no objection" to Mueller testifying before Congress about the report.

The release of Mueller's report brings to a close a sprawling, multi-year and multi-million dollar investigation that in the end concluded the president did not illegally conspire with Russian Federation or act as a secret agent of Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign.

"President Trump faced an unprecedented situation", Barr said.

He also looked into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice when he asked for the inquiry into former national security adviser Michael Flynn to end, and later fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

A Justice Department official confirmed Barr's plan to speak and answer questions about his "process" before the report's public release.

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