Washington, DC - US Attorney General William Barr said on Sunday that the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election concluded that no individual part >Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or knowingly coordinated" with Russia during the election.
Barr's account in a four-page memo to Congress came after Special Counsel finished his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, possible coordination with the Trump campaign and whether Trump unlawfully obstructed the investigation.
On the last question, Barr said he did not find sufficient evidence to suggest the president obstructed justice, but "The Special Counsel states that 'while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'"
Trump and his supporters are celebrating the reporting, with Trump tweeting, "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"
But Democrats and some Republicans are calling on Barr to release the full report to Congress and the public as sweeping and wide-ranging investigations by committees in the US House of Representatives into Trump, his business, family and inner-circle continue.
What are the House investigations?
Five House committees are investigating allegations of campaign finance violations, bank and insurance fraud, and obstruction of justice. The Senate Intelligence Committee has also been investigating Russian interference in the election.
Although Mueller found no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian hackers, House committees are moving forward and plan to bring Attorney General Barr to give evidence.
"We are going to move forward with our investigations of obstruction of justice, abuses of power, corruption, to defend the rule of law which is our job," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters in New York. "It's a broader mandate than the special prosecutor had."
The five House committees investigating Trump are led by an ensemble cast of very experienced Democrat legislators. Four of the five committee chairmen have served in Congress since the 1990s and witnessed the Republican impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.