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WASHINGTON – The investigation, led by Robert S. Mueller III, revealed that neither President Trump nor any of his advisers conspired with the Russian government's interference in 2016 or coordinated publicity on Sunday by Attorney General William P. Barr.
The summary also states that the Special Representative's team did not have sufficient evidence to prove that President Trump had unlawfully obstructed the judiciary, but added that Mr Müller's team did not pass the discharge on to Mr Trump ended.
Mr. Barr forwarded to Congress on Sunday afternoon, just days after a comprehensive investigation into Russia's attempts to sabotage the 2016 elections, the summary of the Special Attorney's findings, and whether President Trump or any of his colleagues were plotting Moscow's interference.
Congressional Democrats have demanded more and the publication of the main results could only be the beginning of a protracted constitutional struggle between Congress and the Ministry of Justice on whether the entire report is to be published by Mr Müller. The Democrats also demanded that the Attorney General give up all the Special Commissioner's investigation files.
Investigations in Russia have raided the White House since the earliest days of the Trump administration with numerous current and former aides who had brought Mr. Trump to interrogate the office of a special envoy in a simple office building in downtown Washington , F.B.I. Agents fanned all over the country and traveled to many foreign countries. Witnesses were interviewed by members of Mr. Müller's team at airports landing in the United States.
Eventually, half a dozen former Trump helpers were charged or convicted for crimes, most of them for conspiracy or lying with investigators. Twenty-five Russian intelligence agents and social media manipulation experts were convicted last year in two extremely detailed indictments published by the Special Prosecutor. The investigation ended without American charges of conspiracy with the Russian campaign.
The report will bring the closure for some who have owned the myriad threads of a Byzantine investigation. For months, a local industry of Mueller observers has been discussing social media and cable news on difficult constitutional issues, turning conspiracy theories, and amassing encyclopedic details about once obscure figures – Carter Page, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, George Papadopoulos, and others.
How many thoughts, it changes, is another matter. Opinions have hardened over time. Many Americans were already convinced that they knew the answers before Mr Müller presented his conclusions. Some believe that the special prosecutor's previous indictments, along with extensive media coverage, have already shown a plot between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Some believe that the investigation, as Mr. Trump has long described, is a "witch hunt".
Müller's work continued in the wake of blistering attacks by Mr. Trump and his associates, who painted the investigation as part of a ruthless "deep state" campaign to lift the results of the 2016 elections.
Nonetheless, the release Mr Müller's findings could force a decision by the Democrats into a seething problem that they said would wait until the end of the investigation: whether to impeach the President. Californian spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said it was not "worthwhile" to try to accuse Mr. Trump, but suggested that she could change her mind when an overwhelming consensus emerged about both parties.
For months, the president and his lawyers have led a public relations campaign as well as a legal campaign – an attempt to discredit Müller's investigation to prevent public opinion from persuading legislators against Trump proceed.
The Justice Department's instructions for collecting Muller required only a special lawyer to present a brief, confidential report to the Attorney General, declaring his decisions either to seek or reject further criminal charges. Mr. Muller worked under more stringent restrictions than any previous investigation, including President Clinton's investigation by Ken Starr, who in 1998 presented a 445-page report containing lewd details about an affair the President had with a White House intern. 19659011] Mr. Müller still received a wide mandate – not only to investigate Russia's interference, but also "all matters that might arise directly from this investigation." Mr. Müller has conducted numerous aspects of his research at several US law firms. and these investigations continue.
Mr. Mueller will not recommend any new charges, a senior Justice Department official said Friday, ending the speculation that he might be accusing some of Mr. Trump's aides in the future. The general practice of the Department of Justice is not to identify the investigative objectives when prosecutors decide not to bring charges in order not to undermine their reputation. Deputy Prosecutor General Rod J. Rosenstein highlighted this point in a speech last month.
"It is important," said Mr. Rosenstein, "that government officials do not make allegations of allegations of allegations unless they are supported by them, charges that we want to prove in court."