Attorney General William Barr this morning (with deputy AG Rod Rosenstein stand-ing beside him) stated, upon the release of special prosecutor Mueller’s investigative report:
There was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion.
The Special Counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. law involving Russia-linked persons and any persons associated with the Trump campaign.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.
….the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims. And at the same time, the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation.
Now here is how CNN on-line reported this story a good two hours after the Barr announcement. Top line merely reads:
CNN’s sub-headlines can barely mention the President’s exoneration:
- LIVE UPDATES Attorney General Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Mueller’s nearly 400-page report
- Analysis: Democrats outraged over rollout of Mueller report
- Mueller report: Could not conclude Trump obstructed justice
- Looking for answers: Barr should answer these 3 questions
- What we know: 5 examples that spur obstruction questions
- Opinion: The control-F search you should do on the report
- Analysis: 3 takeaways on Mueller Report Day
- Read: Attorney General William Barr’s prepared remarks
- LIVE UPDATES
• Mueller referred 14 investigations to other offices
• Special counsel declined to subpoena Trump because it would ‘delay’ the investigation
• What Mueller considered in the obstruction investigation
• Trump’s lawyers call the report a ‘total victory’ for the President
• Trump says he’s having a good day as Mueller report drops
• Redacted Mueller report has been delivered to members of Congress
• Mueller: Congress still has ability to find the President obstructed justice
• Mueller describes a myriad of Trump associate contacts with Russians
• Special counsel: Trump campaign ‘expected’ benefit from Russia’s illegal actions
• Mueller was unable to conclude that ‘no criminal conduct occurred’