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Mueller: not enough for “conspiracy”

ROBERT MUELLER, former FBI director, headed the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign (White House photo).

The “Mueller Report” on the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election was finally made public today (Thursday).

Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded that on the crucial issue of obstruction of justice, there were too many constraints to charge the president on the issue, but that it was not possible to exonerate Donald Trump on that matter.

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” read the report. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

The report listed several incidences in which the president sought to influence Mueller’s investigation and “numerous contacts” between Trump’s campaign and Russians in the months before the election. However, there was “insufficient evidence” of a criminal conspiracy.

This is a developing story. More will be added later today.

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