A two-year-long investigation alleging that United States President Donald Trump and associates conspired with Russia during the 2016 election found no evidence of such action by the President but stopped short of exonerating him of obstruction of justice.
According to a key findings summary report from U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that President Trump nor any of his associates conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference.
“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” states the Mueller report.
The Report did find evidence that there was interference in the 2016 election.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation determined that there were two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. The first involved attempts by a Russian organization, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), to conduct disinformation and social media operations in the United States designed to sow social discord, eventually with the aim of interfering with the election. As noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that any U.S. person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with the IRA in its efforts, although the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian nationals and entities in connection with these activities,” states the AG report. “The second element involved the Russian government’s efforts to conduct computer hacking operations designed to gather and disseminate information to influence the election. The Special Counsel found that Russian government actors successfully hacked into computers and obtained emails from persons affiliated with the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party organizations, and publicly disseminated those materials through various intermediaries, including WikiLeaks. Based on these activities, the Special Counsel brought criminal charges against a number of Russian military officers for conspiring to hack into computers in the United States for purposes of influencing the election. But as noted above, the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
Attorney General Barr also wrote that the Mueller investigation drew no conclusions about whether President Trump obstructed justice with any of his actions during the time in question.
Both Barr and deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators lacked sufficient evidence to determine that President Trump committed such an offense.
Attorney General Barr did write that the Mueller Report did stop short of exonerating the President of Obstruction of Justice.
“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” stated the Mueller Report.