In a four-page letter provided to Congress on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr officially revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find any evidence that President Donald Trump or members of his campaign treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton.
Barr’s disclosure of Mueller’s ultimate findings bring to a close more than two years’ worth of allegations, fueled by opposition research funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, that Trump was a secret Russian agent working on behalf of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” Barr’s letter to Congress noted. Fox News posted the full 4-page letter shortly after it was transmitted to Congress.
Quoting directly from Mueller’s final report, Barr revealed that “[T]he 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.”
Mueller employed 19 prosecutors, more than three dozen FBI agents and an analyst, and issued 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 280 demands for phone and e-mail records, and interviewed 500 witnesses throughout the course of the investigation.
Mueller recommended no further indictments, and all current indictments have been made public, Barr stated in the record, eliminating the possibility that any sealed indictments would be revealed in the future.
The investigation headed by Mueller also examined whether Trump obstructed justice at any point related to ongoing investigations of Russian interference. In his letter, Barr stated that Mueller’s investigation was unable to demonstrate that the president broke the law by interfering with law enforcement.
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Barr wrote.
The attorney general also noted that thorny constitutional questions about whether a president could even be indicted played no part in his and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s determination that the president committed no crimes. Instead, Barr wrote, it was the underlying facts of the case that made clear Trump did not obstruct justice.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” Barr wrote. “Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.”
According to Barr, Mueller determined that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference[.]” Mueller’s report “identifies no actions” that constitute “obstructive conduct,” Barr added.
Barr also wrote that while federal regulations governing a special counsel do not require the final investigative report to be made public, his goal is to make public as much of the report as possible without compromising national security or grand jury secrecy.
You can read Barr’s full four-page letter to Congress here.