February 22, 2020

AG Barr: Mueller Report Finds No Evidence Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia

U.S. Attorney General William Barr leaves his house in McClean, Virginia, U.S., March 24, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Attorney General William Barr issued a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders on March 24 stating that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find any evidence that members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

Barr’s letter, which summarizes Mueller’s report, highlighted the following quote from the report: “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

The letter goes onto highlight the following quote from the Mueller report on the matter of Trump potentially committing obstruction of justice: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

“After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, 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’s letter states. “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.”