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Trump Announces Victory And Total Exoneration In Russia Probe

Lynne Versluys 24 Mar 2019

Despite Mueller's report claiming that while there was no evidence of collusion or obstruction the evidence did not exonerate the President, Trump is taking the report as a "total exoneration."

Mueller Probe Comes To An End

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Special counsel Robert Mueller completed his nearly two-year​ investigation into Russian collusion within the Trump administration. While the investigation did lead to 34 indictments, ultimately there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

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AG Barr Presents Letter To Congress

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In a summarizing letter that was presented before Congress on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr stated that the special counsel declined "to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment." He continued, saying that Mueller did not "draw a conclusion — one way or the other — as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction."

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A Complicated Verdict

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However, Barr made it clear that the verdict was complicated at best.

"Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the (Mueller) report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as 'difficult issues' of law and fact concerning whether the President's actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'"

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A Celebratory Trump

However, despite this necessary nuance in the conclusion, Trump immediately took to Twitter to claim "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION."

While addressing the press, Trump called the investigation "an illegal takedown that failed:"

"It was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. There was no collusion with Russia. There was no obstruction, none whatsoever."

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"A Shame"

President Trump continued, calling the ordeal "a shame."

"It's a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame your President had to go through since before I was even elected."

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Pointing The Finger

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Trump was quick to point the finger at the "other side," although he kept his accusations general rather than naming anyone specific.

"It began illegally, and hopefully somebody's going to look at the other side."

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