Donald Trump won’t be charged with crime but new report ‘doesn’t exonerate him’

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Donald Trump won’t be charged with crime but new report ‘doesn’t exonerate him’

Donald Trump will not be charged with any crimes by special counsel Robert Mueller, despite Mueller’s saying his investigation ‘does not exonerate’ the president.

A letter sharing the Mueller report’s conclusions was given Congress by Attorney General William Barr Sunday. It said there was sufficient evidence to accuse President Trump of obstructing justice, amid claims he interfered with criminal investigations by frequently attacking attempts to probe allegations against him.

The summary added that there was no evidence Trump or anyone in his administration had colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 presidential election campaign that Trump ultimately won. Afterwards, the President tweeted a contradictory reading of the summary, saying: ‘No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!’

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan during a working visit with Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s newly-shared conclusions say there is no evidence Donald Trump colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 presidential election, and says there is insufficient evidence to charge him with obstruction of justice (Picture: AP)

President Trump tweeted this shortly after a summary of Mueller’s findings was published (Picture: Donald Trump/Twitter)

Boarding Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida shortly after, Trump told reporters: ‘A lot of horrible things happened…for our country.

‘There was no collusion…no obstruction. It’s a shame that your president had to go through this…this was an illegal takedown that failed.’

He spoke an hour after the publication of Barr’s summary of Mueller’s findings, which stated: ‘While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’

Mueller, who began investigating the President in May 2017, and concluded his probe Friday, said that the evidence he had gathered ‘is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense.’

The special counsel said his decision had not been swayed by ‘constitutional considerations’ over whether or not it was possible to indict or prosecute a sitting president.

Mueller said his report had ‘described the facts’ of the obstruction allegations ‘without reaching any legal conclusions’.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: A man holds a sign that reads "Happy No Collusion Day" while people attend a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump near Trump Tower on March 23, 2019 in New York City. Local grassroots pro-Trump organizations throughout the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania areas called supporters to gather, rally and network amongst its members. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Trump supporters attend a march in New York City Saturday, with their support of the president vindicated by the publication of a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings (Picture: AP)

He added that it ‘leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime.’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Mueller’s report ‘are a complete and total exoneration of the President of the United States’ on obstruction and collusion claims.

But House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, who was first to share the summary, highlighted how Mueller ‘explicitly is not exonerating the president.’

He has now called on Attorney General Barr to explain his decision not to charge President Trump with a crime, ‘and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.’

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump pose for media with Caribbean leaders at Mar-A Lago, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. From left are Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina, President Trump, Melania Trump, Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Haiti President Jovenel Moise and Bahama Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania pictured at his Mar-a-Lago country club in West Palm Beach, Florida, Friday (Picture: AP)

On allegations of collusion with Russia, the special counsel concluded that there was no evidence that the president or anyone in his campaign conspired to rig the 2016 presidential election.

It also cleared the Republican president and his aides of colluding with Russia’s hacking of their rival Democrat party’s computer servers to obtain damaging information which could be shared online.

Mueller wrote: ‘The evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.’

The summary conclusions of Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign were sent to Congress by US Attorney General William Barr Sunday.

Barr received the confidential report Friday night, just as President Trump arrived at his Florida country club Mar-a-Lago for a summit with Caribbean leaders. US Democrats are now set to push for the entire report to be made public, with President Trump himself saying he is happy for it to be shared in its entirety.

The findings were shared hours after Trump issued two upbeat tweets Sunday morning, writing: ‘Good Morning, Have A Great Day!’

The summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into President Trump and his administration, shared by Congress with US Attorney General William Barr Sunday (Picture: Justice.gov)

He later parroted his election slogan ‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!’ A White House spokesman said he spent Sunday golfing with friends including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

After Mueller’s report was handed in Friday, a Department of Justice spokesman said the special counsel had no plans to indict anyone else.

Trump had long denied allegations he knew anything about Russian collusion, and has repeatedly branded Mueller’s probe a ‘witch hunt.’

But despite the president’s criticism of Mueller, the special counsel’s probe has brought criminal charges against 34 people and three companies linked to his administration.

Six people close to Trump were among those charged with various crimes, with five of those individuals convicted or facing charges.

They include the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Attorney General William Barr leaves his home in McLean, Va., on Sunday morning, March 24, 2019. Barr is preparing a summary of the findings of the special counsel investigating Russian election interference. The release of Barr's summary of the report's main conclusions is expected sometime Sunday. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

US Attorney General William Barr pictured outside his home in Virginia Sunday. He has spent the weekend reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, with a summary of its conclusions presented to Congress Sunday evening (Picture: AP)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Special Counsel??Robert Mueller walks with his wife (not seen) on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Special counsel Robert Mueller is pictured walking to church Sunday morning, two days after it was announced that his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election had been completed (Picture: Getty)

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