Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Mueller probe findings largely exonerate Trump

Donald TrumpDonald Trump has hailed the findings of the Mueller report as a total exoneration.

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According to the Mueller Report the Trump campaign took a meeting on June 9 2016 with a Russian lawyer with the express hope of gaining material to boost Trump’s chances of being elected.

The meeting produced nothing of particular benefit to the Trump campaign and did not amount to collusion the report claims. What the meeting did though was show that the campaign was ready to benefit from Moscow’s hacking of files and communications from the campaign of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“The written communications setting up the meeting showed that the campaign anticipated receiving information from Russia that could assist candidate Trump’s electoral prospects,” the Report said.

Mueller ruled that the meeting did not rise to the level of criminal conspiracy to collude with Russia’s active efforts to interfere with the election. The ruling comes as a qualified victory for Donald Trump given that the meeting has been one of the key focuses of the Mueller probe.

The special investigative counsel’s report declared that the Trump campaign had “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”

The US attorney general William Barr has been criticized for his decision to hold a press conference to release the findings of the mammoth document before it was officially released.

The US President feels exonerated by the findings of the Mueller report but his legal issues are far from being put to bed. While the special counsel investigation is over, congressional probes into Russian interference are continuing and civil investigations into his conduct are also ongoing.

The Trump Foundation is under investigation by New York’s attorney-general Barbara Underwood who outlined what she called “a shocking pattern of illegality” in late 2018 when discussing the charitable foundation.

The President also faces a lawsuit for defamation from former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who claims Trump forced himself on her in 2007.

Trump reportedly dropped an f-bomb when the investigation was announced, adding: “Oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency.”

The probe’s investigators viewed the president’s written responses to their questions as “inadequate” but chose not to pursue a potentially lengthy legal battle to interview him.

The investigations have led to 35 people being charged including several who were a part of the president’s campaign and administration.

The ramifications of the report will become clear in the coming days.

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