WASHINGTON - Congress on Sunday got its first peek into what special counsel Robert Mueller found after years investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign.
The summary was compiled by Attorney General William Barr and put into a four-pagesent to Congress. It was created after Barr spent days reading through Mueller's lengthy investigation, which was completed on Friday. It attempts to answer key questions that have hung over Trump's presidency, specifically whether the president committed the crime of obstruction of justice and colluded with Russia.
In Barr's letter, he said that no proof was found that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia but said Mueller made no decision over whether the president obstructed justice. Barr said that Mueller's office left that charging decision to him and the Justice Department.
"The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,'" the letter states, quoting from the special counsel investigation.
Barr added that after review, he and Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein "have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."
Read the report here and in full text at the bottom of this story.
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Mueller's report, which remains in the hands of Barr, marked the end of an investigation launched in secret months before Trump was elected, when the FBI began gathering clues that made them suspicious of aides to Trump's campaign.
The probe mushroomed to include whether the campaign coordinated with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and whether the president himself attempted to obstruct it. And it produced a cascade of other criminal investigations targeting people around Trump, which have not yet concluded.
The investigation led to the indictment of 34 people and three companies on scores of charges. Dozens of Russian nationals were charged with hacking Democratic computers and spreading disinformation during the campaign. Several Trump aides were convicted of lying to Congress or investigators, or for campaign-finance violations or for tax and bank fraud.
Read Barr's letter to Congress in full below, outlining the conclusions of Mueller's investigation:
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Contributing: Bart Jansen, Kevin Johnson and Kristine Phillips
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mueller report: Read AG William Barr's summary of the Russia investigation