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Mueller probe ‘doesn’t clear Trump of obstruction of justice’

A summary of Robert Mueller’s findings have been provided to Congress by the Justice Department.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings have been released (Cliff Owen/AP)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings have been released (Cliff Owen/AP)

Special counsel Robert Mueller has not exonerated President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice or found that he committed a crime.

That is according to a summary of Mr Mueller’s findings provided to Congress by the Justice Department.

The summary also says Mr Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign or its associates “conspired or coordinated” with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump has not been cleared of obstruction of justice (Evan Vucci/AP)

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said a letter from the Justice Department describing the findings “does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him”.

The department sent the letter to Jerrold Nadler on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Nadler tweeted that the Justice Department “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment”.

Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of Mr Mueller’s report on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Barr said evidence gathered in the investigation “is not sufficient to establish” that Mr Trump committed obstruction of justice.

He said Mr Mueller did not reach any conclusions in evaluating the president’s conduct, leaving it to the Justice Department.

Mr Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reached their conclusion without considering constitutional questions regarding bringing criminal charges against a sitting president.

The special counsel wrapped up his investigation on Friday, bringing to a close a probe that has shadowed Mr Trump for nearly two years.



From Belfast Telegraph