Trump declares 'complete exoneration' after Mueller report finds no collusion

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The long-awaited final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Moscow's election meddling concluded that no member or associate of the campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its plot to boost Trump in the vote more than two years ago.

"I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent", Comey wrote. "This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side".

The attorney general said that it was his conclusion, in consultation with others, that evidence developed by the Mueller investigation was not sufficient enough to "establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense".

Top congressional Democrats said Sunday, March 24, it was "urgent" that the full report on Russian interference in the 2016 USA election be publicly released, stressing it does not exonerate Donald Trump.

But his letter does contain a nod to some of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, noting that Mueller uncovered "multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign". There was no obstruction. "It was a complete and total exoneration", Trump said.

"It is a shame hat our country had to go through this".

Donald Trump Jr. has issued a hilarious meme-filled string of attacks against all of his father's detractors, who have spent over two years attacking the president over his alleged collusion with the Russians.

Trump's team is already celebrating, claiming the president has already been vindicated. "And got a gift for the 2020 election".

That finding is certain to be a key bone of contention for congressional Democrats who are investigating Trump and his administration, especially given the Special Counsel's assertion that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

The summary of the special counsel's report released on Sunday "did not draw a conclusion" as to whether there was any obstruction of justice, either.

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They called for full access to the Mueller report.

"We have not read the report", he said.

About a dozen other investigations are continuing into Mr Trump's activities.

"If the evidence shows that the president probably committed obstruction of justice.it would be appropriate for Congress to have that evidence". But the facts don't fully exonerate him either, opening the door for Congress to investigate the president's conduct.

"While Mueller's investigators uncovered evidence of Russian meddling in the USA election, "[the] investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", the summary quotes Mueller as writing.

Alexei Pushkov, a member of Russia's upper house, tweeted: "Democrats, Russophobes and leading media created a virtual conspiracy which existed only in their heads and in headlines, and nowhere else".

"It is not the Department of Justice's job to give Chairman Nadler and the House Judiciary, or any committee in the House or in the Senate for that matter, what they want to do to go off on a purely partisan investigation that could lead to impeachment", said Collins.

"There must be full transparency in what Special Counsel Mueller uncovered to not exonerate the President from wrongdoing".

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