On Thursday morning, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that ‘no Americans’ were involved in the Russian hacking efforts that happened during the 2016 Presidential election, and that the public should be grateful that Mueller was able to affirm that no collusion was involved.
Attorney Bill Barr’s Announcement
With only hours to go before submitting the redacted Mueller report to Congress, Attorney Bill Bar made an announcement, saying that President Trump and his campaign team had no involvement in Russian hacking efforts.
He said, “The Russian government sought to interfere in our election process. Thanks to the Special Counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives that perpetuated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign – or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter.”
He then thanked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Mueller.
Is There Meaning to the [T]?
One thing that stands out about the redactions in Mueller’s report is that Barr concludes, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
In Barr’s version, he states: [T]he, in brackets, without the lowercase “t”.
This suggests that the first part of the sentence has been omitted from the redacted version of the Mueller report, and might imply that Mueller did think that the Trump campaign engaged in conduct that could have posed a threat, but it wasn’t enough to qualify as a federal crime.
Mueller’s report also states that, “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on obstruction of justice. Congress still has the ability to conclude whether or not Trump did obstruct justice.
Barr raised no objection in allowing Mueller to speak to Congress on this matter, and Mueller has been requested by the House to testify by May 23.