Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence proving any role for Russia in the 2016 election and, therefore, found that President Donald Trump's campaign did not collude with Moscow, the Justice Department announced on Sunday.
Since 2017, Mueller had been probing whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in a bid to sway the election in his favor, and whether the elected president later unlawfully attempted to hinder the investigation.
"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election," Attorney General William Barr said in a letter addressed to Congress to brief it on the key points in Mueller's report.
Barr also pointed out that no further indictments were recommended, and that there was no sufficient evidence to prove that Trump had committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.
"While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," Barr noted.
Nonetheless, he said in his letter that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “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.”
"It’s a shame our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame your President had to go through this," Trump said in his first reaction to Mueller's report findings.
"No collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration. Keep America great!"