Pence: Mueller report confirms 'no collusion, no obstruction'

Pence: Mueller report confirms 'no collusion, no obstruction'
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Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceMike Pence delivers West Point commencement address Dozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' MORE praised special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's report after a redacted version was made public Thursday, saying the document confirms "no collusion, no obstruction."

"Today’s release of the Special Counsel’s report confirms what the President and I have said since day one: there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and there was no obstruction of justice," Pence said in a statement.

"After two years of investigation, conducted with the full cooperation of this Administration, that involved hundreds of witness interviews and millions of pages of documents, the American people can see for themselves: no collusion, no obstruction," he added.

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Pence also suggested that an investigation should be made into how the probe into potential collusion between President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE's 2016 campaign and Russia was started.

"Now that the Special Counsel investigation is completed, the American people have a right to know whether the initial investigation was in keeping with long-standing Justice Department standards — or even lawful at all," the vice president said. "We must never allow our justice system to be exploited in pursuit of a political agenda."

A redacted version of Mueller's report on his investigation was released to the public on Thursday, weeks after the special counsel first turned it over to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill MORE.

As Barr said in a summary of the report to Congress last month, Mueller did not uncover evidence to conclude that Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia in efforts to interfere in the presidential election.

The report notes that Mueller 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.

Mueller detailed in his report 10 "episodes" of potential obstruction of justice by the president, many of which have been the subject of public reporting. Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill Jake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE concluded based on the content of Mueller's report that there was not sufficient evidence to bring an obstruction charge. 

Mueller said in his report that Congress now has the authority to pursue obstruction of justice investigations.