Trump Issues Defiant Tweet Over Mueller Report

President claims 'complete and total EXONERATION'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2019 4:28 PM CDT
Trump Claims 'Total Exoneration'
President Trump gestures to the crowd from the steps of Air Force One during his arrival in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday, March 22, 2019.   (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

President Trump is already crowing about the Mueller report. "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" he tweeted. Robert Mueller, though, didn't go quite that far in his report. While his team found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, the special counsel was not as clear cut in regard to the accusation of obstruction, per the Washington Post. Mueller "did not draw a conclusion—one way or the other—as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” wrote Attorney General William Barr in a letter summarizing the report for lawmakers. However, Barr himself did draw a conclusion in favor of the president, reports Politico.

Barr wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "concluded that the evidence ... is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” As for Trump's reference to "complete and total exoneration," Mueller had a contradictory message. "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," he wrote, according to Barr. Trump elaborated on his celebratory tweet to reporters in Florida, reports the Hill. "There was no collusion with Russia," he said. "There was no obstruction and none whatsoever. And it was a complete and total exoneration." Before boarding Air Force One, he added: “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this." Read Barr's summary letter here. (Read more Robert Mueller stories.)

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