After two years of suspense, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released into Washington’s partisan scrum Thursday showing investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia – as Attorney General Bill Barr declared last month – but revealing an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.
This included President Trump allegedly telling his White House counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and “must be removed.” The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the “end of his presidency” — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Session to take back control of the probe.
Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction, stating: “[W]hile this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
But even though Barr’s DOJ determined they did not have evidence to pursue such a case, the details in the report only fueled Democrats’ mounting calls to not only see the unredacted report but have Mueller testify.
“This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tweeted, highlighting that section.