Concluding a 22 month long investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, March 22 – on Monday morning AG Barr released a four page summary of the report – in it there are two takeaways:
On Collusion: 100% exoneration.
“The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded that nobody associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or knowingly coordinated” with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
On Obstruction of Justice:
The report is a little vague on ‘obstruction of justice’ – Mueller says “while the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Nevertheless, the President does not have to worry much on this aspect as AG Barr believes “there is not enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction of justice”.
The report clears a huge cloud over President Trump’s presidency – and as the BBC has said “if the Democrats want to remove this president from the White House, it’s going to have to be via the ballot box in November 2020, and not before.”
However, that also does not mean President Trump is free from legal woes – he still faces multiple investigations into his business and other aspects of his political campaign, and Democrats are launching a wave of probes from Capitol Hill.