Robert Mueller Found That The Trump Campaign Did Not Conspire With Russia, According To The Attorney General

WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller found that neither the Trump campaign, nor anyone associated with it, “conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,” according to a letter that Attorney General Bill Barr sent to Congress on Sunday.

Barr also wrote that after reviewing the evidence compiled by Mueller, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “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.”

Mueller himself did not reach a conclusion about whether President Donald Trump committed any obstruction offenses, instead presenting the facts his office had gathered and leaving the final call up to Barr. Barr said he and Rosenstein reached their conclusion after consulting with other DOJ officials and the Office of Legal Counsel.

Although Trump lauded the attorney general’s summary as vindication, Barr wrote that Mueller stated in the report that, “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Soon after Barr’s letter became public, Trump tweeted: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”

In his letter to Congress, Barr, quoting from Mueller’s report, wrote that Mueller recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to the Russian election interference.” The absence of evidence of underlying criminal activity went to the question of whether the president could have committed obstruction, Barr wrote.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Mueller “did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction,” but that is not what Barr told lawmakers. On the obstruction issue, Mueller’s report “sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved” whether the president obstructed justice, Barr wrote. Sanders also described DOJ’s findings as “a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”

Barr wrote that he and Rosenstein reached their conclusion on the obstruction issue without delving into the “constitutional considerations” around whether a sitting president can be criminally charged. He told Congress that in looking at Trump’s actions, including many “which took place in public view,” the report didn’t identify anything that would “constitute obstructive conduct,” was specifically related to a pending proceeding, or was “done with corrupt intent.”

Not long after Barr sent the four-page letter to Congress on Sunday summarizing the key conclusions from Mueller’s report, House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler tweeted that his committee would ask Barr testify about “very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department” related to the report.

The full report from Mueller, which Barr received on Friday, remains confidential. Barr previously told Congress that he, Rosenstein, and Mueller would consider what additional information could be made public going forward.

A senior Justice Department official said Sunday that Barr’s chief of staff Brian Rabbitt called Emmett Flood, a lawyer in the White House counsel’s office, to summarize Barr’s letter at around 3 p.m., just under an hour before the letter was sent to Congress and released to the public. That was the only communication between the Justice Department and the White House about Barr’s latest letter, according to the official.

Mueller finished his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after 22 months on the job. His team of experienced current and former federal prosecutors brought criminal charges against 34 individuals — including members of Trump’s 2016 campaign and his inner circle — and 3 Russian entities, including a troll farm charged with orchestrating election interference efforts.

Barr’s Sunday letter confirms reporting from Friday that Mueller did not recommend any further indictments, as well as that there are no pending sealed indictments that Mueller’s office obtained before finishing its investigation. The letter does not say if the federal grand jury in Washington, DC, that had been working with the special counsel’s office is still active, and a Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the status.

Barr wrote in Sunday’s letter that Mueller’s investigation found two “main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.” The special counsel’s office previously brought criminal charges related to both of those efforts — first, against a Russian troll farm accused of orchestrating “disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow discord,” and second, against Russian intelligence officers charged with hacking email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“But as noted above, the 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,” Barr wrote.

Barr notified Congress on Friday that Mueller had finished his investigation and submitted his final report. Mueller’s report is confidential, per Justice Department regulations, but Barr has authority to make information from it — or the report itself — public. DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec has declined to comment on how long Mueller’s report was, but told reporters that it was “very comprehensive.”

Barr wrote in Sunday’s letter that Mueller’s report included grand jury information that is restricted under federal court rules. How long it will take to release more information from Mueller’s report will depend on how quickly DOJ officials can identify that sensitive grand jury information, as well as information that shouldn’t be public because it could affect “ongoing matters,” he wrote.

Although Mueller is finished with his work, Barr’s letter indicated there may still be other investigations related to the probe, including ones that were referred out by Mueller’s office.

“As I have previously stated, however, I am mindful of the public interest in this matter,” Barr wrote. “For that reason, my goal and intent is to release as much of the Special Counsel’s report as I can consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Departmental policies.”

According to Barr’s Sunday letter, Mueller had 19 lawyers on his team, worked with 40 FBI agents and other law enforcement experts, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, carried out more than 500 search warrants, made 13 requests to foreign governments for information, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses.

Seven of the defendants in the Mueller probe pleaded guilty and were sentenced to time behind bars: former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, former campaign chair Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign chair Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, and Richard Pinedo, a Californian accused of unwittingly helping Russians fund their interference efforts.

Donald Trump Is Keeping The Focus On Collusion

President Donald Trump tweeted a variation of “NO COLLUSION” over 50 times during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Sunday, with the investigation over and a Department of Justice summary saying Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government” in its actions, Trump got to add one more.

With the help of many Democrats in Congress, Trump kept the focus on “collusion” even as Mueller’s investigation expanded into Russian interference in the election and obstruction of justice and House Democrats launched a litany of other probes.

And now, the president’s allies eager to use Mueller’s conclusion on collusion as evidence of vindication for their two-year-long defense: that the media and Democrats unfairly went after the president, his family, his campaign, and businesses. As Democrats point to the obstruction of justice part of Mueller’s report that isn’t as favorable to the president, Trump’s allies are already warning that their political enemies will continue to go after them, despite, as they claimed in the case of Russian collusion, no wrongdoing on their part.

The president’s supporters went as far as to say that Attorney General Bill Barr’s letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s findings could actually boost Trump’s chances of winning reelection, even as other investigations remain open. “‘We can’t vote for this guy because of an open court case in New York’ doesn’t have the same ring to it as, ‘He’s in the pocket of Putin’ does,” said one former White House official.

Although the investigation, according to Barr’s letter, did not find evidence of collusion, Mueller was more open-ended on the second part of the investigation: obstruction of justice. “…[W]hile this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

The special counsel presented the facts his office gathered on obstruction and left a decision up to Barr, who along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “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.”

In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer raised concerns about Barr’s neutrality in making that judgement. “Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report,” they said in the statement.

Trump, though, claimed “complete and total exoneration” in the investigation, talking to reporters before boarding Air Force One on his way back to Washington from West Palm Beach. “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this,” he said. “To be honest it’s a shame that your president had to go through this.”

The president also called for an investigation into the investigators, as his son and several supporters demanded apologies from Democrats and journalists who they think kickstarted the two-year long investigation.

“After nearly two years of non-stop conspiracy theories…as well as daily lies and smears coming from Democrats in Washington, the Mueller Report proves what those of us with sane minds have known all along, that there was ZERO collusion with Russia,” said Donald Trump Jr. in a statement.

Bryan Lanza, who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign, told BuzzFeed News: “The past two years we’ve heard everybody tell us that Donald Trump committed all these crimes..turns out the fraud was actually committed by the media. When are they going to apologize?”

Trump supporters described Democrats’ focus on obstruction of justice as an attempt to “muddy the waters.” One former White House official admitted there could be some danger “in the details of the obstruction,” but added that those details will become irrelevant, given the focus has always been on collusion.

“Democrats set the bar at full collusion, so I think they’re going to get very little mileage out of this report,” the official said.

Trump supporters were quick to point to the role Democrats played in keeping the nation’s attention on Mueller’s investigation. The Republican National Committee shared quotes from different Democrats claiming “evidence of collusion” in the last two years minutes after Barr’s letter was made public, and Trump’s reelection campaign released a video showing how Democrats “hyped collusion.”

“Democrats took us on a frantic, chaotic, conspiracy-laden roller coaster for two years, alleging wrongdoing where there was none,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parsacale in a statement. “So distraught and blindsided by the results of the 2016 elections, Democrats lied to the American people continually, hoping to undo the legitimate election of President Trump.”

Parscale also dismissed the case Mueller made on obstruction of justice as part of Democrats “dirty tricks” against the president. “Even today Democrats have picked up the disgraceful mantle of investigating, obstructing, and destroying the will of the American people at any cost,” he said. “They failed once and they will fail again.”

The investigation did still result in indictments against 34 individuals, including Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman and Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump’s national security adviser.

Still, for those in Trump’s orbit, the Barr letter gave them enough reasons to gloat. The former White House official texted BuzzFeed News a gif of Danny McBride on the HBO show “Eastbound and Down,” running up to the baseball field wrapped in an American flag, giving everyone the middle finger, as fireworks shoot around him.

And a source close to the administration said: “I just don’t know how you can read that four-page letter and not think this is a ridiculous win for Trump. Democrats have been screaming collusion for two years. At the end of the day, Trump is going to take the biggest victory lap in history and he deserves to.”

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the daughter i gave up for adoption is threatening me with legal action [TX]

When I was 14, I was raped by a close family friend. I got pregnant but gave the baby up for adoption when I was 15. I knew the child was adopted by distant family members who lived a state away but I did not know their names or what they were like. We received a sum of 2500 dollars when they took her from the hospital. I do not remember signing anything. I do not know what happened to the friend; I asked to be kept out of the process as much as possible. My mother said he was jailed but I don't know if he's still in jail, how long he was in jail, or if he even went to jail. I have two other children, ages 10 and 7. and am now married. My husband knows about my daughter but has deferred to me on how we should handle the situation.

A month ago, I received a facebook message from a woman who says she is my daughter. I believe she is because her appearance and that she has the same genetic condition as my rapist. She told me that she wanted to get to know me. I spent hours going through her facebook page, trying to decide what to do. I found myself disgusted by her. There are a lot of similarities between her and my rapist as she is rude, vulgar, whiny, and smokes illicit substances. She is married but has a publicly strained relationship with her husband and refers to him by cruel nicknames. I decided that I would not be comfortable meeting her. I blocked her without responding. After a week, I began to receive letters from her. Four letters in total. I did not read those either but recently received a phone call three days ago. I finally answered. I told her that I was not interested in getting to know her and that she should leave me and my family alone or I would get the police involved.

She began to berate me. She told me that my family was her family. She accused me of not going through proper adoption procedures and that I had maliciously sold her to an abusive couple as punishment for being born and that I had held back important information. Without medical records, she lived life as a very sick child and was deeply in debt from the genetic testing necessary to diagnose her illness. She told me that she would be making contact with my family whether I liked it or not. She also said she would subpoena me for her father's name if I did not comply and that I could possibly be jailed for selling a baby. When I began to cry, she offered me an alternative; her genetic condition makes getting pregnant more difficult. If I agreed to pay for a round of IVF, she would consider us "even" and would only try to make contact with her father. Here are my questions:

  1. Does she have a legal right to make contact with my family if I tell her to stay away?
  2. Could she force me to disclose information about her birth father?
  3. My parents are dead and I do not know how to find out information about the adoption. I did not sign any papers and didn't really speak to lawyers outside the court case. I am worried it is possible my parents merely handed her over in exchange for the money. Could I be arrested for selling her as a teenager?
  4. I have money in my savings account and could afford the amount she is asking for. Could I form a contract that would legally force her to leave my family alone if I agreed to pay?

Edit: amount asked for was removed. Also, because several people have asked: I do not want her to know her father's name because the family has previously harassed and threatened mine. It only stopped once I left the state. I am worried that if she finds them, she will give them my address and I will need to move again.

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Megathread: AG Willam Barr releases his top line summary of the Mueller report

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not find that Donald Trump’s campaign or any of his associates conspired with Russia in its efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to a summary of Mueller’s findings sent to lawmakers Sunday.

“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 U.S. presidential election,” says the four-page summary by Attorney General William P. Barr.

On the question of whether the president might have sought to obstruct the high-profile investigation, Mueller’s team did not offer a definitive answer.

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Mueller Report Megathread

This past Friday, March 22nd, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General Barr who indicated that he would provide a summary to Congress at some point over the weekend.

Recent reporting indicates a summary of the report will be delivered to Congress later today (potentially around 5pm ET), at which point these findings will likely be made public.

EDIT: to clarify, the full report is not expected fo be released tonight. Just Barr’s summary of the top-line findings as transmitted to Congress.

Please use this thread for discussion about the findings of the Mueller Report as we learn about them over the coming days. As a reminder, please keep all conversation civil and on topic.

EDIT: Link to Barr’s letter to Congress

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A growing group of women concerned about climate change are choosing not to reproduce. Called BirthStrikers, they agree to not bear children “due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face of this existential threat.”

A growing group of women concerned about climate change are choosing not to reproduce. Called BirthStrikers, they agree to not bear children “due to the severity of the ecological crisis and the current inaction of governing forces in the face of this existential threat.” submitted by /u/mvea to r/Futurology
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