President Trump’s campaign “did not conspire” with Russia during 2016 election, Robert Mueller’s report says (Updated)

epa03212090 FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC, USA, 09 May 2012. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

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President Trump’s campaign “did not conspire” with Russia during 2016 election, Robert Mueller’s report says.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and no reason to charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, a letter delivered to Congress from the Justice Department says.

It revealed that Robert Mueller found no “Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly co-ordinated”.

The report shows that Mueller has not filed any further criminal indictments following an almost two-year-long investigation that has seen some of Donald Trump’s closest advisers criminally prosecuted and convicted.

Barr described the evidence for obstruction as “not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense”. Furthermore, Barr insisted in his letter the decision not to prosecute was not made based on any limitations related to the indictment of a sitting president.

The findings were likely to be seized on and weaponised by Trump and his allies, who have always maintained there was no collusion between the election campaign and Russia.

Mueller identified an online disinformation effort spearheaded by a firm called the Internet Research Agency, and a targeted campaign that waged cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, obtaining materials later disseminated to the public by WikiLeaks.

The special counsel’s office indicted 3 Russian companies and 13 Russian nationals in connection with the Internet Research Agency in the summer of 2017, and charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking and aggravated identity theft in July of 2018.

Court filings from the Mueller probe and previous reporting has so far identified over 100 separate points of contact between members of the Trump campaign

Via NYT, BBC, Guardian /Business Insider

Earlier: Attorney General William P. Barr will deliver to Congress on Sunday afternoon the main findings of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, a Justice Department official said, just days after the conclusion of a sprawling investigation into Russia’s attempts to sabotage the 2016 election and whether President Trump or any of his associates conspired with Moscow’s interference.

The New York Times says that the “release of the special counsel’s conclusions will culminate 22 months of work by Mr. Mueller and his handpicked team of prosecutors, but it could be just the beginning of a lengthy constitutional battle between Congress and the Justice Department about whether Mr. Mueller’s full report will be made public. Democrats have also called for the attorney general to turn over the report and all of the special counsel’s investigative files.”

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