Trump did not collude with Russia, says Attorney General
US Attorney General William Barr says that US President Donald Trump did not collude with the Russian Government in the lead-up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, as the release of the Mueller Report draws ever closer.
A redacted version of the full 448-page report says that while no evidence was found that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian Government, the report does not go as far as clearing Trump of any wrongdoing.
"Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," explains the report, but Barr, who was appointed to lead the Justice Department by Donald Trump earlier this year, released a statement saying that he had received the report, and had made his own judgements.
"I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend," Barr said, before making a conclusive judgement ahead of the report's release that Trump had done nothing wrong.
"After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the office of legal counsel and other department lawyers, the deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense."
In attempting to declare the president innocent, Barr says that some aspects of the report may not paint Trump in a completely complimentary light. "In assessing the President's actions discussed in the report, it is important to bear in mind the context," the Attorney General explained.
"There is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks."
All the same, this did not stop President Trump from celebrating the report as a victory. Posting a meme based on the television show Game of Thrones, Trump sent a message to "haters and radical leftists", saying "Game Over."