US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his nearly two-year investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow and whether President Donald Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.
On Friday, Mueller handed over his report to Attorney General William Barr, who has said he will write his own account of the special counsel’s findings.
The allegation clouded the first two years of Trump’s presidency and his allies see the report’s finding as a boost to his re-election chances, but Attorney General William Barr’s summary is inconclusive as to whether Mr Trump obstructed justice and opposition Democrats are demanding full access to Mueller’s report.
Having repeatedly described the inquiry as a witch hunt, Mr Trump said it was an “illegal takedown that failed”. Despite the inconclusiveness of the report regarding allegations he obstructed justice, the president said it constituted “complete and total exoneration”.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
The report was the culmination of two years of investigation by Mueller which saw some of the president’s closest former aides prosecuted and, in some cases, imprisoned, although not on charges related to the alleged Russian collusion.