William Barr's summary of Mueller probe: 3 key takeaways

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter, Dane Sager Kelly - Web Producer

The conclusions of Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election were finally made public after a two-year probe.

While President Donald Trump may not have had anything to do with Russian interference, the report makes it very clear the Russian government did conduct a large-scale online misinformation campaign during the election. Dozens of Russian nationals have already been indicted.

Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller report Sunday, and the letter has three key takeaways on the question of whether the president obstructed justice.

  1. It makes no conclusion on whether the president did or did not.
  2. Barr said the Justice Department does not see any conduct on behalf of the president that would constitute obstructive conduct.
  3. While there isn't enough information for Barr to indict, it doesn't mean that it exonerates the president.

Rep. Andy Levin released a statement that can be read in part below.

"According to Attorney General Barr’s brief letter, Mr. Mueller concluded that Russia did, in fact, interfere with our 2016 election. I am relieved that Mr. Mueller concluded that a president of the United States did not conspire in that interference, but I am deeply troubled that he could not exonerate Mr. Trump on obstruction of justice. Given Mr. Barr’s plainly stated animus against the independent counsel process, Congress and the American people must clearly make their own judgment – once we have access to the report and the work supporting it."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib released the following statement regarding the summary.

"Earlier this month, we voted unanimously in the House of Representatives to call for a full public report of Robert Mueller's investigation. We cannot do our jobs as representatives without the full report. Attorney General Barr's letter does not give a full picture and it would be a disservice to the American people if transparency is not practiced here. The full report must be release to Congress and the American people immediately."

The president will have a campaign rally in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

You can read the full letter Barr released below.

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