Attorney General William Barr has presented to Congress the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump-Russia investigation.
Democrats have said for several days that they will not be satisfied with a classified summary, and that the full details must be released to the public. Some liberals, including on MSNBC, have already speculated that there would be an attempt by Barr to suppress or withold damning evidence, and there are rules in place within the Department of Justice regarding releasing negative information in the case of a public official who will not be indicted. So the outcome, the extent of Barr’s reveal, was in doubt all weekend.
A short time ago, Barr presented his summary:
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“considered whether to evaluate the conduct under Department standards governing prosecution and declination decisions but ultimately determined not to make a traditionl prosecutorial judgment.”
“The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion–one way or the other–as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstuction.
On obstruction, the Special Counsel is quoted by Barr as saying “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Nevertheless, this is rightly seen as a major win for the President and the GOP. The underlying premise, that of collusion, has been determined not to have happened. The only remaining question, obstruction, is something that resulted from the investigation itself.