Read Trump's Own Answers to Mueller

President didn't sit for interview but provided written answers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2019 3:37 PM CDT
Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, and acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Edward O'Callaghan, left, about the report.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – It's Mueller Day. As you've surely heard by now, the 448-page Mueller report is out in redacted form and available to the public. Here's a look at the basics and highlights from coverage:

  • 2 biggies: On collusion, Mueller's team found smoke but no fire. Or as the report puts it, "numerous" contacts with Russians, but "not sufficient" evidence to file charges. Read the specifics here. On obstruction, Mueller's report detailed 10 possible areas where Trump ran afoul of the law, but cited "fairness concerns" in declining to reach a prosecutorial judgment. Details here.
  • Key excerpts: Get a quick sense via snippets gleaned from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Trump's answers: The president didn't sit for an interview, but he did provide written answers to questions, and the AP has the full text. One example, when asked about saying during a political rally that Russia should find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails: "I made the statement quoted in Question II (d) in jest and sarcastically, as was apparent to any objective observer. The context of the statement is evident in the full reading or viewing of the July 27, 2016 press conference, and I refer you to the publicly available transcript and video of that press conference."

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