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

NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Thursday said President Trump and Attorney General William Barr “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.'”

{mosads}”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 Clinton 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 Rosenstein 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.”

Tags Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Mueller report Rod Rosenstein Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections William Barr

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