After almost two years of breathless anticipation of what crimes Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was going to uncover with his Russia collusion investigation, Thursday morning was rather anti-climactic for the swamp we call our nation’s capitol. Attorney General William Barr held a press conference announcing the results of the investigation ahead of the release of the report itself which will be lightly redacted.
At the news conference, Barr said the report details “ten episodes” involving Trump and “discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.” Barr said he concluded Trump had not committed obstruction of justice.
Barr said he and Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017, “disagreed with some of the special counsel’s legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law.”
“Apart from whether the acts were obstructive, this evidence of non-corrupt motives weighs heavily against any allegation that the president had a corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation,” Barr said.
And with that declaration, any hopes the Democrats might have of impeaching President Donald Trump in relation to the Russia situation prior to his inauguration went up in smoke like the fanned flames the story always was.
Ultimately, though, the entire search for evidence of a crime, any old crime, was met with nothing but graciousness from the Trump White House. Barr assured the media assembled before him that the White House complied with every request made of them.
“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said.
“At the same time, 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,” added Barr.
The release of the Mueller report is not the end of the Russia collusion story, though. Barr did talk about actual collusion that the media is not expressly reporting, most likely because it involves Democrats.