FBI Concludes “Mueller” Investigation Into Trump Campaign And Submits Report To Attorney General; Report Suggests Collusion With Russia And/Or Obstruction Of Justice Very Possible; AG Finds Insufficient Evidence And Recommends No New Indictments
The FBI investigation to determine if the Trump Presidential campaign colluded with Russia to influence the Presidential election has ended and Robert Mueller who is overseeing the investigation submitted his report to Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday March 22, 2019.
“The attorney general sent a four-page letter to Congress on Sunday [March 24, 2019], saying Mueller ‘did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.'”
Despite Barr’s summary and stance on the report, the report itself does provide information that suggests obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia possibly and/or likely occurred:
Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations,” Mueller wrote. “The incidents were often carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels. These actions ranged from efforts to remove the Special Counsel and to reverse the effect of the Attorney General’s recusal; to the attempted use of official power to limit the scope of the investigation; to direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.”
Mueller, however, refrained from recommending prosecution, saying that there were “difficult [legal] issues that would need to be resolved,” in order to reach a conclusion that the crime of obstruction of justice was committed by Trump.
The report, which is over 300 pages long, was released but heavily redacted. An ongoing battle to release an unredacted version was still underway as of May 2019. The President has invoked executive privilege to prohibit the release of the full unredacted document.
The investigation has resulted in indictments of 34 people. “Among them are five former Trump officials, all of whom have pleaded guilty to criminal charges, and 26 Russian nationals.”