US Attorney General William Barr addressed a news conference ahead of the release of the Mueller report.
Barr pointed out that there were 10 episodes involving President Trump that were scrutinised for possible obstruction of justice but there was no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government’s hacking.
Barr also said that the special counsel’s investigation also examined Russian efforts to publish stolen emails and documents on the internet but did not find that any person associated with the Trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of these materials.
The Attorney General also said that there was not enough evidence to prove if president tried to obstruct inquiry.
Barr says the report contains “limited redactions” related to four categories, and that these have been “clearly labelled and colour-coded” so readers can see which redactions are from which categories.
He says these redactions were mostly done to “prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information” regarding ongoing cases, including that of Roger Stone.
“These redactions were applied by Department of Justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office, as well as with the intelligence community, and prosecutors who are handling ongoing cases.”
The long-awaited Mueller report is to be released on Thursday and could shed light on details of evidence gathered during two-year Trump-Russia investigation.
A summary, that was released earlier by the US attorney general William Barr clears Donald Trump of any collusion. However, it does not go as far as to completely exonerate the president of obstruction of justice.
Almost two years after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate potential ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, the American people will finally read his report on Thursday albeit in redacted form.
No Collusion – No Obstruction! pic.twitter.com/diggF8V3hl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
The public release of the 400-page Mueller report marks a significant moment for a country on tenterhooks over what the former FBI director has uncovered. It marks the first time that US citizens and members of Congress will be able to hear from the special counsel directly rather than through the lens of his Department of Justice bosses or the media.
In the lead-up to the report’s release, the White House was in a defensive crouch. Justice department officials provided lawyers close to Trump with briefings on the content of the report in advance of its release, the New York Times reported Wednesday, assisting the White House in the preparation of a rebuttal to a document that Trump previously claimed had “totally exonerated” him.