WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference Thursday morning ahead of the Mueller report’s release that the special counsel’s report did not find “collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
“The special counsel’s report did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its hacking operations,” Barr said.
“In other words, there was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he added.
After nearly two years of waiting, America is getting some Trump-Russia answers straight from Robert Mueller.
While Mueller drew no conclusion about whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice in the investigation, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally had concluded that while Trump was “frustrated and angry” about the Mueller probe, nothing the president did rose to the level of an “obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Barr said Mueller’s report examined 10 episodes pertaining to Trump and obstruction.
Barr said the president did not exert executive privilege to withhold anything in the report. And he said the president’s personal attorney had requested and gotten a chance to review the report before its public release.
The Justice Department was to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s report later Thursday on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, opening up months, if not years, of fights over what the document means in a deeply divided country.