Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
Attorney General William Barr held a news conference Thursday morning before the report’s release so he could restate his assertion that the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russian hackers. Barr then sent copies to Congress. A public release followed, but there are things in the report that you don’t get to see.
Read the redacted report here:
The president’s lawyers have had numerous conversations with Justice Department officials about the report’s conclusions, helping them strategize for a public war over the findings.
Trump tweeted or retweeted 12 times Thursday morning about the investigation, proclaiming his innocence and insisting that the probe was politically motivated.
A new poll conducted before the report’s release finds that many Americans aren’t ready to clear the president. Slightly more Americans want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its probes after special counsel Robert Mueller left open the question of whether Trump broke the law. About 6 in 10 continue to believe the president obstructed justice.
Graphic: A chronology of the Mueller investigation
Some of the key events in the special counsel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and the people and entities charged as a result.
Graphic: Key players in the Russia investigation
Some of the people and entities prominently featured in the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.