Washington, US – Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s concluded in his investigation that President Donald Trump should not be charged with obstruction of justice or conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016, according to a letter by Attorney General Robert Barr to congressional leaders.
“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 US presidential election,” Barr said in his letter on Sunday.
The special counsel did not reach a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice during the investigation but Barr’s letter reaches a finding that, without evidence of an underlying conspiracy, the legal threshold for obstruction would not be met.
Mueller concluded his investigationand sent a final report to Barr on Friday.
Over the course of a 22-month investigation, Mueller brought charges against 34 people, including Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his personal attorney Michael Cohen.
In addition, Mueller has made referrals to prosecutors in New York.
Earlier on Sunday, Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called for the report to be made public “as soon as possible so we can evaluate the body of evidence on the issue of conspiracy and look at why Bob Mueller decided not to indict now”.
“Mueller can’t indict the president,” he told CBS’s Face the Nation show.
“The fact there are no indictments now or in the future, doesn’t tell us about the quantum of evidence. We need to wait to see the report but I also think the attorney general needs to make that report publicly available.
“The special counsel spent almost two years almost investigating this. The public has a right to know, indeed a need to know, so that we don’t have to ask questions about what the evidence was on either of these core subjects of his investigation.”
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Barr had pledged to provide Congress with as much transparency as possible under Department of Justice (DoJ) regulations governing the production of reports by a special counsel.
Barr spent the weekend reviewing Mueller’s report with officials at the DoJ.
The report itself was not provided to Congress prompting calls by politicians for its release. Democrats and many Republicans have called for public release of Mueller’s report. The House voted 420-0 to approve a resolution on March 14 expressing a view the report should be made public.
With Congress on recess over the weekend, Speaker Nancy Pelosi convened 170 Democrats for an emergency conference call on Saturday to address the Democratic caucus’s posture on the forthcoming report.
“The American people deserve the truth, to know the truth. Transparency is the order of the day,” Pelosi told Democrat members of Congress, according to a leadership aide who provided a readout of the call to Al Jazeera.
“Right now, we are in a mode of wanting to know the truth, wanting the facts so that our chairpersons and members of the committees can take a look into this going forward.”
Five House committees have launched investigations of Trump since Democrats won control of the chamber in the 2018 elections.
Pelosi has tamped down on talk of impeachment as Democrats seek to avoid a political path that could prove damaging to their chances in 2020.
Trump had remained uncharacteristically quiet over the weekend, staying at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where he played golf with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and country music entertainer Kid Rock.
The president sent a Tweet this morning saying, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”