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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s conclusions in the Russia investigation, calling them “a total and complete exoneration” for President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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 RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House 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.