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

NBC "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar' Huawei to sue US over new FCC restrictions 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 ClintonTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Saagar Enjeti ponders Hillary Clinton's 2020 plans Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 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 RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena 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."