White House claims 'total and complete exoneration' after Mueller report

The White House on Sunday declared victory after the Justice Department released special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE’s conclusions in the Russia investigation, calling them “a total and complete exoneration” for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Mueller “did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction” and that Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE “further determined there was no obstruction.”

“The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the president of the United States,” Sanders said.

"No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" Trump tweeted shortly after.

The White House’s victory lap came shortly after Barr released a letter summarizing Mueller’s findings in his 22-month investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, which has clouded Trump’s presidency. The conclusion largely left the president unscathed.

But while the attorney general said Mueller did not find that the “Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated” with Moscow’s efforts, Mueller did not conclude whether the president obstructed justice.

“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Mueller wrote in his report, according to Barr.

Barr said that he and Rosenstein determined not to bring obstruction charges against Trump, saying the evidence did not prove the president committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated at 4:45 p.m.