EFE: The investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller has found no evidence incriminating U.S. President Donald Trump, neither for having conspired with Russia in the 2016 elections nor for having obstructed justice, although he left the door open to the latter charge.
“The special prosecutor’s investigation did not find that Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote in a letter sent Sunday to the House and Senate judicial committees.
According to Barr, Mueller indicated that “while this report concludes that the president did not commit a crime, it does not exonerate him.
The document released yesterday leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, Barr said.
Thus, the document released yesterday leaves “unresolved whether the actions and intent of the president could be seen as an obstruction” to justice, according to Barr.
However, Barr argued that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, concluded that the evidence Mueller had gathered “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed a crime of obstruction of justice.
After the report’s main findings were released, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders called it Trump’s “total and complete exoneration.
“The special prosecutor found no conspiracy or obstruction. (…) The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said in his official Twitter account.
The release of Mueller’s findings puts an end to a few days of speculation after the special prosecutor delivered the report to the Justice Department on Friday.
“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States,” Sanders said.
Neither Trump nor anyone in the White House had received Mueller’s report beforehand, and they had not been informed of its contents, said presidential spokesman Hogan Gidley, who accompanies the U.S. president this weekend at his Mar-a-Lago rest stop in Florida.
Members of Congress, mostly Democrats but also some Republicans, have asked for the full dissemination of the report, which has raised much expectation in the United States.
Mueller already announced that after the closing of the investigation, which has lasted almost two years, he did not plan to file any more charges in relation to this issue.
Attorney General Barr, appointed by Trump last December after firing Jeff Sessions after repeatedly criticizing him for his handling of this investigation, which he inhibited shortly after taking office, had at no time undertaken to disclose the report once it had reached his hands.
As a result of this investigation, 34 people have been charged, including six former Trump advisers – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone – and 26 Russians who will probably not be tried because the US has no extradition treaty with Russia.
Mueller’s report does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings, which rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency, but its content may derive from charges brought by prosecutors in other states.
Mueller’s report does not include new charges or charges under secret summary proceedings, which rules out the possibility that Trump may be subject to an indictment that becomes public once he leaves the Presidency, but its content may derive from indictments filed by prosecutors in other states.
Trump has insisted that this investigation constituted a “witch-hunt” activated by the Democratic opposition and has consistently denied that in the election campaign for the 2016 elections there was a plot between his team and the Russian government to help him win by undermining Clinton’s candidacy.
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