President Donald Trump’s campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election, Robert Mueller found in his long-awaited report, but the special counsel did not draw a conclusion ‘one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.’
The findings were announced by Attorney General William Barr in a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary chairman on Sunday.
‘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,’ the letter states.
Barr notes that Mueller investigated ‘a number of actions by the president’ that have been the subject of public reporting but ‘did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.’
‘The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not conclude that · the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,”‘ the letter states.
Mueller left it up to the Attorney General to determine whether the president’s conduct described in his report constituted a crime, Barr noted.
Barr noted it was a join decision between him and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein not to charge the president.
He wrote the two concluded ‘the investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense. Our determination was made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.’
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced on Twitter that the letter had been submitted.
“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,’” he wrote.
The Department of Justice “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement,’ he added.
Barr and Rosenstein arrived at the Justice Department Sunday morning to finish their work in summarizing Mueller’s report for lawmakers.
While they worked, Mueller attended church Sunday a mere 500 feet from the White House.
Mueller and his wife were spotted at St. John’s Episcopal Church, the yellow stucco house of worship across Lafayette Park from the White House where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended service last Sunday.
Trump, his family, and his inner circle remained in Palm beach, Florida, ahead of an expected return to Washington before sunset.
Robert Mueller and Ann Mueller attended St. John’s Episcopal Church, the yellow stucco church across Lafayette Park from the White House
Attorney General William Barr leaves his Virginia home to head to the Justice Department
Robert Mueller and Ann Mueller attended the same church President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended last weekend
Barr’s motorcade arrives at the Justice Department on Sunday
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler said on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he has not heard anything from the Justice Department how detailed a summary of Mueller’s findings he will see.
Nadler will be one of the first lawmakers to receive it, in his role as chairman.
Trump returned to Twitter on Sunday for the first time since Mueller handed his report to Barr, but offered a cheerful greeting instead of a pronouncement a ‘witch hunt’ coming to a conclusion.
Trump’s deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that as of Sunday morning, the White House had not yet received or been briefed on the findings from the special counsel’s investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
‘Good Morning, Have A Great Day!’ the president wrote from his Mar-a-Lago resort club, where he was spending a long weekend with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron.
‘MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!,’ he added..
The president played a round of golf at his Trump International course on Sunday morning.
President Trump (right) played golf with Kid Rock (left) at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Saturday
President Trump broke his Twitter silence Sunday
But he made no mention of the Mueller report
President Trump reads the newspaper while on his way to his golf course Sunday morning
The president still has not commented publicly on the report, but Democrats and Republicans alike are preparing their spin.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will reject any attempts by the Justice Department to hold a classified briefing on the report, which would prevent lawmakers from speaking about it in public.
House Democrats are also threatening to use their subpoena power to speak to Mueller, Justice Department officials and obtain any underling documentation that contributed to the special counsel’s final report.
And Republicans point out there are no further indictments coming out of Mueller’s probe, which they note is a win for the president. Although Mueller has wrapped up his investigation, the Southern District of New York – which is probing the president’s businesses – and other jurisdictions are still investigating cases that came from the special counsel’s initial prob.
Democrats on Sunday pointed out that no matter what is revealed in Mueller’s findings, their investigation of the Trump and his administration will continue.
Democratic Reps. Jerry Nadler (left), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Adam Schiff (right), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said their investigations of Trump will continue
‘We know there was collusion,’ Nadler said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
‘The Justice Department believes that as a matter of law, the president, no matter what the evidence, can never be indicted,’ Nadler said. ‘If that is the case then they can’t hold him accountable and the only institution that can hold the president accountable is Congress and Congress, therefore, needs the evidence in the information.’
He added: ‘The special counsel was looking and can only look for crimes. We have to protect the rule of law. We have to look for abuses of power. We have to look for obstructions of justice, we have to look for corruption in the exercise of power, which may not be crimes. They may be, but they may not be crimes. We have a much broader mandate and we have to exercise that mandate to protect the integrity of government and protect the integrity of liberty and the country.’
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, warned Sunday there is ‘significant evidence of collusion.’
‘There’s a difference between compelling evidence of collusion and whether the special counsel concludes that he can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal charge of conspiracy,’ he said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
‘The investigation is a criminal investigation. Congress’s responsibility is very different, and that is, it’s our responsibility to tell the American people these are the facts. This is what your president has done, this is what his key campaign and appointees have done, these are the issues that we need to take action on, this is potential compromise,’ he added.
Trump, who is spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, relaxed on Saturday, spending about five hours at his golf course
Trump (seen left with his lawyer, Emmet Flood, at Mar-a-Lago on Friday) has reportedly been in a good mood as word came down that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will likely not recommend any further indictments
President Trump is spending the weekend with first lady Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago, they are seen here on Friday greeting Caribbean leaders, hours before the report was handed in
Trump relaxed on Saturday by hitting the links with rocker-rapper Kid Rock while his attorney general was seen arriving at his Virginia home after spending the day at the Justice Department reading the Mueller Report.
The president was photographed smiling next to the Bawitdaba crooner at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Saturday.
Kid Rock, who posted the image on his Twitter account, was appropriately dressed for the occasion.
He wore a red sweater vest over a white collared shirt, which complemented his American-flag style slacks and what looked like a gold belt.
Trump was standing next to him in his red ‘USA’ hat, white collared shirt, and blue slacks.
‘Another great day on the links!,’ the Michigan-born musician wrote.
‘Thank you to POTUS for having me and to EVERYONE at Trump International for being so wonderful.
‘What a great man, so down to earth and so fun to be with! KEEP AMERICA GREAT!!’
Kid Rock is an outspoken supporter of Republicans and was one of the first to back Trump during the GOP primary in 2015. He also considered running for the U.S. Senate seat from Michigan.
Attorney General William Barr (left) is seen arriving at his home in McLean, Virginia on Saturday evening