Attorney General William Barr revealed on Thursday morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice.
During his press conference from the Department of Justice, Barr said Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
At the end his briefing, Barr took questions from reporters, many of which were not happy about the president being cleared.
When Barr called on CBS correspondent Paula Reid, she snidely implied that he was “covering” for Trump and being so “generous” to the president.
“I’m not sure what your basis is for saying I’m being generous to the President,”
Barr said with a straight face. In her response, Reid mentioned his use of the word “unprecedented.”
“Is there another precedent for it,” Barr asks.
“No,” the reporter answered with a blank face.
“OK, so unprecedented is an accurate description,” Barr fired back.
Barr: "I'm not sure what your basis is for saying I'm being generous to the President."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 18, 2019
A reporter then brings up his use of the word "unprecedented."
"Is there another precedent for it," Barr asks.
"No," the reporter answers.
"OK so unprecedented is an accurate description." pic.twitter.com/5Mkso4BOCR
Before he delivered his verbal beat down to the reporter, Barr reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump colluded or obstructed justice.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Barr also stated that Mueller left it up to the Department of Justice to determine if the president obstructed justice.
Barr said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
The attorney general also made it clear that the White House offered “unfettered access,” “no redactions,” and “didn’t exert any executive privilege, which would be within their rights.”
This means that Trump and the White House provided Mueller’s team with essentially all of the records and documents they requested.
Barr also said that Trump had the legal authority to assert executive privilege to block portions of Mueller’s report from being made public.
Barr said the president declined and informed the DOJ that he wanted as much of the report made available to the public as possible.
The White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims.
VOTER POLL: Should Obama Be Arrested For Illegally Spying On Trump? Barr made it clear numerous times that Trump’s lawyers did not request redactions in the report.
“The President’s personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions. No one outside this group proposed any redactions, and no one outside the department has seen the unredacted report, with the exception of certain sections that were made available to IC, the intelligence community, for their advice on protecting intelligence sources and methods.”
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
As Barr made clear: No collusion, no obstruction.