Mueller report summary is out
The special counsel’s office employed a massive effort through the court system and in interviewing witnesses to reach his findings.
In all, Mueller’s team:
- Interviewed about 500 witnesses
- Obtained more than 3,500 subpoenas and warrants of various types—the bulk of which were subpoenas—and 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham just sent a statement after receiving Attorney General William Barr's top-line findings.
"Good day for the rule of law. Great day for President Trump and his team. No collusion and no obstruction. The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report," Graham said.
“Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down."
“Great job by Mr. Mueller and his team to thoroughly examine all things Russia. Now it is time to move on, govern the country, and get ready to combat Russia and other foreign actors ahead of 2020.”
In assessing potential conspiracy charges, the special counsel also considered whether members of the Trump campaign “coordinated” with Russian election interference activities.
The special counsel defined “coordination” as an “agreement — tacit or express — between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on election interference.”
See the footnote:
Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided the evidence was “not sufficient” to support a prosecution of the President for obstruction of justice.
“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr quotes special counsel Robert Mueller as saying.
Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the evidence gathered in the special counsel’s investigation was “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote.
A letter about special counsel Robert Mueller's report was sent to Congress today and concluded that Mueller did not find the Trump campaign or his associates conspired with Russia.
Here's what the letter said:
“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, just tweeted that lawmakers had received a "very brief letter" about special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
He said they would share the letter shortly.
Attorney General William Barr has submitted to Congress his summary of the main conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Capitol Hill has been alerted that it can expect to receive a letter from Attorney General William Barr in 30 to 45 minutes, according to a Department of Justice official.
President Trump was at his golf club this afternoon.
Trump, who's in Mar-a-Lago in Florida this weekend, headed to the golf club earlier this morning and was seen reading a newspaper in his ride over. He left the club just after 2:30 p.m. ET.
This is Trump’s 226th day at a property that bears his name and 175th day at one of his golf clubs.
The President also tweeted this today: