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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report made no conclusion about whether Donald Trump obstructed justice. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” says one of the few direct quotes from the report in a summary released by Attorney General William Barr.
Barr went on to conclude on his own that Trump was not guilty of obstruction. What’s not clear yet is whether Mueller asked Barr to make that call, or if he intended to leave it an open question and Barr took it upon himself to weigh in.
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Here’s the view from Russia on Mueller’s report: “The long-awaited Mueller report has proved what we in Russia knew long ago: there was no conspiracy between Trump or any member of his team and the Kremlin,” wrote Konstantin Kosachev the chair of the Federation Council’s committee on foreign affairs.
He and other senior officials said they did not expect relations with the US to improve as a result, and indeed were bracing for additional sanctions. Mueller’s report concluded that Russian government actors were responsible for hacking and releasing Democratic emails during the 2016 election, as well as conducting an online disinformation campaign.