Trump legal team hails Mueller report: 'A total victory'

Trump legal team hails Mueller report: 'A total victory'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE's legal team said Thursday that 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 report represents a "complete" vindication of the president, describing it as a "total victory."

"The results of the investigation are a total victory for the president," attorneys Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCoronavirus concerns emerge around debates Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign call for earlier debate MORE, Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Trump complains of 'political prosecution' after SCOTUS rulings on financial records Appeals court rejects Trump effort to throw out emoluments case MORE, Jane Serene Raskin and Martin R. Raskin said in a joint statement, according to Axios. "The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning — there was no collusion — there was no obstruction."

"In addition to the report completely vindicating the President, both Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe MORE — working with the career professionals in the Office of Legal Counsel — concluded there was not a single instance in which the elements of any crime were met," the statement continued. 

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The lawyers go on to argue that Trump was well within his rights when he elected to dismiss former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE, whom they say "lied and displayed disdain for the values at the core of the FBI." 

They also accused Comey and his allies of trying to "set up a scheme to derail" Trump's presidency. 

"The report itself is nothing more than an attempt to rehash old allegations, despite the fact that, as reiterated in the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General's recent report on the 2016 election 'neither the FBI nor Department prosecutors are permitted to insinuate or allege that an individual who has not been charged with a crime is nevertheless guilty of some wrongdoing," the lawyers said. 

"This vindication of the president is an important step forward for the country and a strong reminder that this type of abuse must never be permitted to occur again."

Mueller in March wrapped up his 22-month long investigation into Russian interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election. His report on the probe, which was more than 400 pages, was released to the public on Thursday.

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Mueller did not uncover evidence to conclude that there was collusion. The report notes that Mueller was was unable to “conclusively determine” that no criminal conduct occurred in regards to obstruction of justice. 

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report states.