It’s here. The long-awaited Mueller report was released this morning at 11 AM Eastern Time.
Here’s what we know so far about the report and the unprecedented circumstances around it:
We now know that the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows that the probe did not find any collusion evidence whatsoever. We also know that Mueller ultimately claimed he did not reach a decision on whether the President’s conduct throughout the investigation amounted to obstruction.
So there was no collusion, and no obstruction.
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According to Fox News:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Moscow – as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month – but outlining an array of controversial incidents involving the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.
This included President Trump allegedly telling his White House counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and “must be removed.” The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the “end of his presidency” — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Session to take back control of the probe.
Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction.
“Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report says.
But as stated in Barr’s summary last month, and reiterated again at his press conference earlier Thursday morning, the special counsel did not find clear evidence of collusion with members of the Trump campaign and Russia.
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the report said, while also saying there were “links” between the two.
“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. Among other things, the evidence was not sufficient to charge any Campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian government or other Russian principal,” the special counsel report stated.
You can also access the redacted version of the Mueller report here.
President Trump seemed to be having a great day after hearing the news of the release, tweeting:
n another tweet, he wrote, “The Greatest Political Hoax of all time! Crimes were committed by Crooked, Dirty Cops and DNC/The Democrats,” topping off his tweetstorm with a video mashup proclaiming “No Collusion — No Obstruction!”