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Mueller And Trump At Odds On Claim Of Complete Exoneration

Lynne Versluys 24 Mar 2019

The bombshell report claims that while there is not enough proof of collusion to prosecute, it does not completely exonerate President Trump.

A Long And Complex Investigation

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the Trump administration for nearly two years​ and his team "indicted or got guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies" over the course of the investigation.

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No Collusion, But Not Exoneration

His investigation has come to an end. Attorney General William Barr quoted Mueller to Congress on Sunday, saying that "Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."

However, he also said that "while the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." There was simply not enough evidence to prosecute.

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President Trump's Response

However, President Trump took this as a total exoneration​ despite the specificity of the report, telling the press:

"It's a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame that your president had to go through this."

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Weighs In

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed Trump's sentiment, taking this report as a "complete exoneration."

"The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States."

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A Difference In Interpretation

To be clear, Barr's summary specifically said that the report does not completely exonerate President Trump, just that there was not enough evidence to charge him with collusion and obstruction.

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Far From Over

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While Mueller's part in the investigation is over, it's clear that with the current state of American politics, the debate and discussion of the findings are far from over.

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