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Mueller Says Report Doesn't Conclude Trump Committed Crime - Nadler

Sputnik News

22:48 24.03.2019(updated 01:06 25.03.2019)

Chair of House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler said that the US Justice Department sent to the Congress "a very brief letter" about the Mueller report.

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, said that "the Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him'". He also noted that the Department of Justice (DoJ) had "determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement".

According to Nadler, the "Special Counsel clearly and explicitly is not exonerating president".

Meanwhile, the DoJ stated that Mueller failed to note whether US President Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into his 2016 campaign. Based on the Mueller report, the US Attorney General William Barr asserted that there is not enough evidence of obstruction of the probe into his campaign, the department added. It also said that Trump's campaign team had nothing to do with hacking the US Democratic Party during the 2016 election campaign.

"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired, or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election," Barr said in a letter to Congress published by the DoJ on Sunday.

The DoJ noted that Mueller asserted that hackers linked to Russian authorities got access to computers and e-mails of Democrats during the 2016 election campaign. According to the department, Mueller also claims that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the election.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reacted to the Mueller report's summary release by saying that the Kremlin had not seen the results of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller has been investigating claims that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign team and Moscow. Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the election, stressing that the allegations were made as an excuse to defeat Trump's campaign opponent as well as deflect public attention from actual instances of electoral fraud and corruption.

Meanwhile, Mueller's work has led so far to criminal charges being filed against at least 34 people, including six individuals with close ties to the Trump administration. However, no charges filed as part of the investigation have centered on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Instead, several well-known legal and political figures have been found guilty of a variety of charges including financial fraud.

Trump broke Twitter silence as the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russia collusion came out, claiming that he was fully exonerated.

​"No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" the president tweeted on Sunday.


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