Attorney General William Barr previewed the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday, repeating that Mueller had found no collusion between any American and Russians attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
He also reiterated that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded that there was insufficient evidence of obstruction of justice by the president, even given Mueller’s apparent suggestion that such a case might be made.
Barr described the section of the report dealing with potential obstruction of justice, saying that Mueller had listed “ten episodes involving the president,” along with legal theories that might suggest they constituted obstruction of justice.
Barr then explained that he and Rosenstein considered the facts, as well as Mueller’s theories, and concluded that “the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense.”
The attorney general explained at length: