MSNBC: Mueller Finds No Conspiracy by Trump Campaign

‘Barr also writes that Mueller reached no conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice’

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BRZEZINSKI: "Good morning. And welcome to "Morning Joe." It is Monday, March 25th. With us on the set here in Washington we have columnist and associate editor for "The Washington Post," David Ignatius. NBC news and MSNBC law analyst and editor-in-chief of lawfare Benjamin wittes. And host of "The beat" on MSNBC, Ari Melber. "New York Times" reporter Michael Schmidt. Taking a break from book writing to come in on this big news morning. Mike Barnicle joining us from New York City and former U.S. Attorney and an MSNBC contributor, Barbara Mcquaid is with us as well. We'll get right to the big news this morning. The president and his allies are celebrating Robert Mueller's report on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Attorney general William Barr writes in his four-page summary of the report that the special counsel did not find that any U.S. Person or Trump campaign official or associate conspired or knowingly coordinated with Russia in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Barr also writes that Mueller reached no conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, Barr quoting the special council's report on the issue of obstruction writes, while this does not conclude that he committed a crime it does not exonerate him. The attorney general writes that Mueller provided him with the facts of the obstruction case and left it up to the ag to decide if the president obstructed justice. Barr writes, quote, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the special counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offense. A senior doj official tells NBC news that Barr did not consult with Mueller about his summary when asked about the summary, the special counsel's office said, quote, we're not commenting."
 

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