Barr: Not enough evidence of Trump obstruction in Mueller report

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FILE – In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington. A year into his investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. In that […]

UPDATE: 7 P.M.

President Donald Trump was in his room at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, when he first learned details of a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.

That’s according to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, who briefed reporters aboard Air Force One just before it landed in Washington.

Gidley said the president told him, This is very good.

He said that on the flight back from Florida, Trump was in his Air Force One office, talking with White House staff members and watching the news unfold on television and Twitter.

Gidley said the president has only seen Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report, not the entire report.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence said special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions are a total vindication of President Donald Trump and our campaign and should be welcomed by every American who cherishes the truth and the integrity of our elections.

Pence called it a great day for America, Trump and the administration.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WASHINGTON (WIAT) — The evidence gathered in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice.

That’s according to a letter Attorney General William Barr sent to lawmakers Sunday summarizing the findings in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

The summary says Mueller didn’t find that the Trump campaign or its associates conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election. However, the report doesn’t go as far as to exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.

According to the summary, Mueller’s team issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and executed nearly 500 search warrants in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

You can read the letter here:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said the cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
    
Graham, a close ally of Trump, also said it is a bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman said special counsel Robert Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the president.
    
Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler tweeted that Barr’s letter to Congress says that while Trump may have acted to obstruct justice, the government would need to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.
    
But Nadler tweeted Congress must hear from Barr about his decision-making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.

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