On Sunday, March 24, Attorney General William Barr released a letter with "principle conclusions" from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report. Not long after its release, President Trump took to Twitter to claim "total [exoneration]." Donald Trump's tweet about Barr's Mueller report summary is clearly celebratory. In an emailed statement to Elite Daily, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says:
The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General 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.
Elite Daily reached out to the DOJ for comment on whether the letter constitutes "complete exoneration" President Trump, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Now, it's not unusual for Trump to take to Twitter at times like this (or any time, really), but it is interesting that one of the claims in his tweet seems to directly contradict a line from Barr's letter that was released on Sunday. While Barr's summary of Mueller's report does state, "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," it also has information regarding possible obstruction of justice.
Per Barr's letter,
The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'
It appears that Trump and the White House believe that Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's decision to take no further action is the exoneration they are looking for.
More to come...