“It’s a shame that our country had to go through this,”
Mr. Trump told reporters in Florida before boarding Air Force One.
“To be honest, it’s a shame that your president has had to go through this.”
Mr. Barr also said that Mr. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Mr. Trump illegally
Mr. Barr and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s
investigators lacked sufficient evidence to establish that Mr. Trump committed that offense,
but added that Mr. Mueller’s team stopped short of exonerating Mr. Trump.
BREAKING: White House: ‘total and complete exoneration’
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Sunday called the findings of the Department
of Justice a
“total and complete exoneration of the president of the United States.
”Sanders made her comments after the release of a letter from Attorney General
William Barr summarizing the report of special counsel Robert Mueller,
who did not find proof of collusion with Russia and reached no decision on whether
President Donald Trump had obstructed justice.
Mueller said in his report that his findings were not an exoneration of Trump or a claim that he
had committed a crime.