Written By Conrad Hobbs|
The conclusions of the Mueller Inquiry into Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential elections have been released.
The report was summarised to Congress by Attorney General William Barr on 24th March.
Barr stated that the conclusions drawn by the inquiry are that there is no evidence that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russian authorities in order to influence the election.
Russian authorities have been accused of influencing the election in President Trump’s favour by hacking into Democratic Party email servers, running a disinformation campaign against rival candidates, and holding meetings with Trump’s associates.
“…there is no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russian authorities…”
Barr also stated that the report provided insufficient evidence that Trump had committed any obstruction of justice, but that it had “not exonerated him” fully.
As Attorney General, it is Barr’s role to establish whether the President committed such offences.
Even so, Trump and his team have seized upon this conclusion, with the President tweeting “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION”.
However, senior Democrats have reacted with suspicion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed the summary “raised more questions than it answered”, and that Trump’s statement was without “any degree of credibility”.
“No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION”President Donald Trump on Twitter
They also suggested Barr was unable to give an objective summary of the report due to an ongoing “bias” against the Mueller inquiry, demanding public transparency of the report prior to its completion.
Barr was appointed to his post by Trump earlier this year and has been termed an “ally” of the President by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.
The Trump administration have resisted calls for the report to be made public, citing national security concerns.
The proximity of the 2020 presidential election and dissatisfaction with Mueller’s conclusions suggest that these findings will not end criticism from Trump’s political opponents, with electoral campaigns on all sides set to utilise the report and summary