Mueller Report: US Attorney General William Barr Speaks Out
During a press conference held on Thursday morning, US Attorney General William Barr released some of the information of the much-anticipated Mueller’s report.
The intention of the investigation, which took authorities about two years and for which they interviewed more than 500 people, was to determine whether President Donald Trump or any member of his presidential campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential elections.
Apart from that, Robert Mueller and his investigation team wanted to know if there was any possible obstruction of justice from Trump’s team or the president himself.
Attorney General William Barr: "We now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign -- or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter." #MuellerReport https://t.co/ABRiJBpbWg pic.twitter.com/UZtJi9xCD1— The Hill (@thehill) April 18, 2019
At the press conference, Barr pointed out that even though Russia sought to interfere with the presidential elections, authorities did not establish that members of Trump’s campaign – or any other American person – cooperated with 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. At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President's personal culpability,” Barr said.
Attorney General William Barr: "The Special Counsel's report did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated w/ the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these hacking operations." #MuellerReport https://t.co/ABRiJBpbWg pic.twitter.com/EqwZbVMW18— The Hill (@thehill) April 18, 2019
Barr also said that there were two main activities that the Russian government did to affect the elections. First, they tried to create social discord through a social media disinformation campaign.
Second, they also hacked into computers, stole information – including Hillary Clinton’s emails – and gave it to Wikileaks, which later made it public. Barr emphasized that no American was involved in those activities.
On special counsel Mueller's absence at presser, AG Barr says: “It’s not [his report], it’s a report he did for me as the attorney general...I’m here to discuss my response to the report.” https://t.co/3ZKq6CwMeV pic.twitter.com/MdooGP6wDs— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2019
Regarding Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, Barr said that there was not enough evidence to confirm it, adding that the White House cooperated with the investigation.
He also said that a redacted report would be posted for the public on the Special Counsel’s website between 11 a.m. and noon ET.