Attorney General William Barr on Sunday released his summary of the main conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
What does it mean that Mueller didn’t find conspiracy or coordination?
Barr’s summary includes a footnote that explains how Mueller defined coordination: an “agreement — tacit or express — between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government on election interference.”In addition, Barr wrote that no Trump associate conspired or coordinated “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
No exoneration for obstruction
The Justice Department decided not to prosecute the President for obstructing justice with his behavior — both public and in private — but Trump isn’t fully cleared. He is likely to still face a hailstorm of political criticism for his actions after taking office, when more of Mueller’s investigation is revealed.
“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Mueller wrote in his report, as Barr quoted him on Sunday.