The long-awaited report conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was made public yesterday. In it, Mueller’s team lays out in thorough detail the results of a nearly 2-year-long investigation.
The top-line conclusions of the report are that while both the Russian government and the Trump Campaign expected to benefit from the success of the other, it could not be established that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s activities.
The President celebrated the report’s release on Twitter. “No Collusion – No Obstruction!” the President wrote.
The President was also cleared of wrongdoing on obstruction of justice. Although on that charge the report is less exculpatory.
“…If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment,” Mueller and his team wrote.
“The evidence we obtained about the President’ s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Congressional Democrats have vowed to keep investigating the issues brought to light.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerry Nadler sent a subpoena to Attorney General William Barr today for the full, unredacted version of the Report.
“My Committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice. The redactions appear to be significant,” Nadler wrote in a statement. “We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the Special Counsel developed to make this case.”
Nadler has given the Attorney General until May 1 to respond setting up a showdown that will likely be decided in court.
Barr has repeatedly said that he will not provide Congress with an unredacted report because of harm that could arise to ongoing investigations ,as well as intelligence gathering sources and methods. The Department of Justice has yet to comment on today’s developments.