AG Barr Holds Press Conference Ahead of Mueller Report Release

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AG Barr Holds Press Conference Ahead of Mueller Report Release
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AG Barr Holds Press Conference Ahead of Mueller Report Release
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Attorney General William Barr held a press conference earlier today in the build up to the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. During the conference, Barr restated that the investigation found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Barr was joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during the event, as the attorney general described the details of the investigation.

Barr told reporters:

“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes”

The attorney general took several questions from the press, rejecting the notion that he was simply defending President Trump. However, that did not stop many of the president’s critics from attacking the attorney general’s news conference. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement condemning the press conference before it had even taken place.

President Trump is likely feeling quite a bit of vindication following this morning’s press conference. Barr’s comments during the event were often strongly favorable toward the president, at one point saying:

“As he entered office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates… Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact, no collusion.”

Barr went on to say the redacted Mueller report would be released at 11 AM Eastern Time. Barr described the redactions as “limited” but said a version with fewer redactions would be available to lawmakers sometime next week.

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