READ: Barr Sends Congress Letter On Mueller Report

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March 24, 2019 3:36 pm
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Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress on Sunday outlining the top-line conclusions of the Mueller report, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced.

Nadler said the letter was “very brief” and that the Department of Justice “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement.”

Nadler added in another tweet that the letter stated that Mueller’s view is that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

The House Judiciary Committee posted a copy of the letter to its website.

“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,” Barr wrote in the letter.

Barr added in the letter that Mueller had laid out facts regarding “difficult issues” surrounding whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,'” Barr wrote, before adding that he and Rosenstein had decided against charging Trump with obstruction.

Barr’s letter is a summary of the Mueller report that he wrote in consultation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and not the report itself.

Congress has pushed for full, unredacted release of the report, setting up a potential court battle over what the executive branch is entitled to keep out of public view.

Mueller is winding down his investigation after sending Barr a copy of his report on Friday. The attorney general said in a Friday letter to Congress that the special counsel had “concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters.”

DOJ officials later told reporters that no further indictments from Mueller were expected.

The letter offers the first glimpse into the nearly two-year long investigation, apart from what has already been revealed through indictments and court filings.

Read the letter here:

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