Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Robert Mueller's findings Sunday, and reactions split predictably along party lines. According to Barr, Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but did not exonerate him on allegations of obstruction of justice. President Trump and his allies hailed the report as "total vindication" and evidence that the probe was a "witch hunt," while Democrats demanded to see the report in full so they could determine why Barr concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to determine if Trump obstructed justice. Seven takes on Barr's letter and the issues it raises:
- A cloud lifted. For Trump, Sunday may have been the best day of his presidency so far, writes Peter Baker at the New York Times: "The darkest, most ominous cloud hanging over his presidency was all but lifted." Trump can "now proceed with his administration without the distraction of new search warrants and indictments by Mr. Mueller’s team," he writes, though the investigation has already taken its toll on his presidency, and until they can read the full report, "Democrats are hardly going to agree that the president has been cleared."