Neither US President Donald Trump nor his aides conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, a four-page letter from Attorney General William Barr to Congress said on Sunday.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, above, left the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice to Barr who said the report did not present enough evidence to charge him with that crime.
Barr wrote that while Mueller did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute the president for obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him.
Barr’s letter summarised the key findings of the report Mueller submitted to him on Friday after a 22-month investigation.
Mueller’s report said he did not obtain any sealed indictments that have yet to be made public, Barr wrote.
After Mueller submitted the confidential report on Friday, Barr consulted Mueller and his deputy Rod Rosenstein on how much information in Mueller’s report could be released to Congress and the public.
Barr’s letter will not satisfy Democrats who want him to make the Mueller’s entire report public.
Democratic lawmaker Jerry Nadler tweeted that since Mueller did not exonerate the President, Barr will be called in “to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future.”
Nadler demanded full transparency in what Mueller found to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing.
Responding to Barr’s letter to Congress, Trump called Mueller’s probe “an illegal take-down that failed” and a shame the country and the president had to go through.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that the findings of the Department of Justice are a total exoneration of the president.