Attorney General Barr found no one in the Trump campaign colluded with “Russia” to meddle in the 2016 US election.
A devastating blow to Democrats and their mainstream media stenographers.
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) April 18, 2019
Trump reacted immediately…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Raise your hand if you didn’t need a two-year FBI investigation to tell you there was No Russian Collusion
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2019
So we are clear. The White House offered “unfettered access”, “no redactions” and “didn’t exert any executive privilege which would be within their rights”
Start spinning CNN… we are waiting.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 18, 2019
REKT INTO THE SUN 🔥
REPORTER: Are you trying to protect the president?
BARR: I told you what is in the report, what's wrong with that?
R: You face an unprecedented situation
BARR: Is there another precedent for it?
BARR: Unprecedented is an accurate description then pic.twitter.com/4O8XSDzdg9
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 18, 2019
With the full report on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into claims President Donald Trump colluded with Russia about to be released, Attorney General William Barr is giving a press conference about its findings.
Barr maintains the allegation that the Russian government made efforts to interfere in the election through the Internet Research Agency, an alleged Kremlin-control “troll farm”, as well as “hacking efforts” by the Russian intelligence agency GRU.
The bottom line, Barr says, is that Mueller has found Russia tried to interfere in the election, but “no American” helped it.
Barr explained the White House’s interaction with the Mueller report, whether Trump used executive privilege to block any of its contents from release, as well as on how the Justice Department chose which bits of the 400-page paper to redact.
On the matter of obstruction of justice, Barr said he and his deputy Rod Rosenstein have reviewed Mueller’s evidence and “legal theories”, and found that there is no evidence to show Trump tried to disrupt the investigation.
He said Trump never used his powers to interfere with Mueller, and thus had no “corrupt intent” in the matter.
Most of the redactions in the report were made to protect ongoing investigations and personal information of “peripheral third parties”.
Barr said that no-one outside the Justice Department took part in the redacting process or saw the unredacted version, except for the intelligence community, which was given access to parts of it to protect sources.
Trump did not ask to make any changes to Mueller’s report, Barr said.
Trump’s personal counsel was given access to the redacted report before its release.
A number of Trump-affiliated people, as well as Russian nationals, have been indicted, charged or put on trial by Mueller over the course of the past two years, but none for election-related conspiracy. Still, Democrats in Congress as well as numerous establishment media personalities have been insisting that Barr, a Trump pick for AG office, is somehow “spinning” its findings in order to protect and exonerate Trump, and are calling to see the full report as soon as possible.
They have equally condemned Barr’s decision to hold a news conference before the report is release, claiming he is trying to shape the public perception in Trump’s favor.