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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 TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's legal team said Thursday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting 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 GiulianiMichigan voter fraud hearing goes viral for alleged flatulence, unruly witness Trump hits Barr over voter fraud remarks: 'He hasn't looked' Trump pardon scandal would doom his 2024 campaign MORE, Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowBiden faces politically thorny decision on Trump prosecutions Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules Now, we need the election monitors 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 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 — 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 ComeyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Trump blasts special counsel Durham for moving too slowly Biden plans to keep Wray as FBI director: report 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.