U.S. Attorney General William Barr was expected to give Congress and the public a summary of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who has conducted a 22-month-long Russian Federation investigation.
The headline finding was that no "Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly co-ordinated" with operatives connected to the Russian government during the presidential campaign.
Attorney General William Barr received Mueller's report on Friday and says he'll give Congress a summary as soon as this weekend.
The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller. Instead of showing bias toward the president, Mueller refrained from concluding that Trump obstructed justice in the investigation, and he left that question open for others to assess.
Former FBI Director James Comey appeared to respond to the release of the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia's investigation.
Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Mr Trump, said in a public message to the President: "Today you got a gift for the 2020 election".
"AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction".
March 24 will join a handful of triumphal moments for Trump: the confirmations of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the passage of a $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut bill, withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear accords and moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "There was no obstruction, and none whatsoever", Trump told reporters.
"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 offence", he said.Читайте также: Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image
Legally, the attorney general is under no obligation to release the report publicly, but during his confirmation hearings before senators Mr Barr vowed to release as much as he could.
A long-standing Justice Department opinion holds that federal prosecutors can not indict a sitting president - but Barr claimed in his letter that his 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". Russian Federation also denies interfering in the U.S. elections. though United States intelligence agencies say it did.
Trump, in Florida, celebrated that the report showed "there was no collusion".
Mueller has already secured guilty pleas or convictions from five key figures in Trump's orbit and indicted a sixth for a variety of offenses, including some for lying about their contacts with Russian Federation during the election campaign or just before Trump took office in January 2017. Trump Jr. expected the meeting to produce derogatory information on Hillary Clinton. Barr also discussed the memo with Trump's personal attorneys and a lawyer representing Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among others. In other words, how could Trump have intentionally obstructed an investigation into something he wasn't guilty of?
Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime.
Those investigations could now shift to issues involving emoluments and potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump's business empire, especially as Trump and close allies still face federal investigations in NY.
Congressional investigations also are swirling around the president.
And they're now demanding that Barr turn over Mueller's confidential report and the underlying evidence he gathered so they can draw their own conclusions.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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