Chuck Todd: Trump, Barr 'successfully neutered' impact of Mueller report

NBC "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court Juan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Trump feels squeeze in tax return fight MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump math: 1 + 1 + 1 = zero accountability Trump's declassification order helps Barr to uncover the truth Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason' MORE "successfully neutered the impact of the Mueller report politically" by their actions in the weeks following the report's conclusion.

Todd said the political implications of the report would have been very different if Barr "simply released a statement saying there were no recommendations for criminal charges" and if he said, “'I'm looking into everything regarding how this investigation started, the investigation itself, all of those things, period.'"

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"Had he said all those things without using buzzwords, without doing a press conference, without writing a summary and without making a decision on his own and taking matters into his own hands, we'd have a different conversation right now," Todd said during an MSNBC segment reviewing the release of the report. "And we'd have a much different interpretation of Bill Barr as attorney general."

"The president and Bill Barr have successfully neutered the impact of the Mueller report politically. That's the bottom line," Todd added.

Mueller wrote in his highly anticipated report that he was unable to "conclusively" determine that no criminal conduct occurred in regards to whether Trump obstructed justice.

The report also states that while Russia sought to help Trump defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week' Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy 2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs MORE in the 2016 election, investigators did not establish that the Trump campaign directly assisted in that effort.

Barr sent Congress his four-page summary of Mueller's report in late March, saying investigators did not find that there was collusion but that Mueller did not make a determination about obstruction of justice. Barr said in the summary 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 determined no obstruction occurred.

Barr held a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to discuss the report, about 90 minutes before Congress and the public had access to the redacted version.

President Trump took another victory lap on Thursday after the report came out, declaring as he did after the Barr summary that no collusion or obstruction had occurred.

“No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats— Game Over,” Trump tweeted with text in a font similar to that used in promotions for HBO's popular series "Game of Thrones."