Five things we've learned about the Mueller report

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2019

These additional costs totaled $12,928,000, though the DOJ says it was not legally required to report them, and that they are approximate to what the DOJ would have spent elsewhere if the Special Counsel's Office didn't exist. "Made a decision about that evidence in under 48 hours", Nadler said.

Barr quoted Mueller as writing in his report on the issue of possible obstruction of justice: "While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

But Mueller drew no conclusion about whether Trump's actions during the investigation amounted to obstruction of justice, according to the Barr summary.

Trump, in Florida, celebrated that the report showed "there was no collusion".

"While Mueller's investigators uncovered evidence of Russian meddling in the USA election, "[the] investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", the summary quotes Mueller as writing.

Many of Trump's opponents accused him of obstructing the Russian Federation probe when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Prominent Margarita Simonyan, editor in chief of Kremlin "propaganda channel" RT said: 'The fact that Mueller did not find any conspiracy is certainly good.

The Democrats are unlikely to go down without a fight and have demanded the release of the entire Mueller report.

"I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent", Comey wrote.

Instead, his decision has kicked up even more dust and aroused suspicions from Democrats about precisely what Mueller found to possibly suggest Trump obstructed justice.

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Mueller's report "should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the truth and the integrity of our elections", the vice president added. It remained unclear, however, how much more would be made public.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman says Congress needs to hear from Barr about his decision and see "all the underlying evidence".

Separately former FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev strongly attacks the U.S. political system claiming flaws emerged because the president was not directly elected but chosen via an electoral college 'whose opinion often does not reflect the position of the majority of voters'.

He has attacked the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" more than 100 times, accused the special counsel of being conflicted, and disparaged his work nonstop. In the run-up to the Mueller report, speculation was rife that the Special Counsel would announce new indictments against individuals in the president's orbit.

The full extent of Mueller's findings, including evidence concerning obstruction of justice, will remain unknowable until a more complete version of the report is released.

"The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report", said Senate judiciary committee chairman Lindsey Graham.

Mueller was appointed special counsel of investigation into alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election.

One of those actions included, for example, firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May 2017.

None of the charges, however, directly related to whether Trump's campaign worked with Moscow.

Congress may still consider Trump's conduct to have been a high crime or misdemeanour.

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