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04/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2019 09:36

The Conclusive Conclusion Is No Collusion

The Facts:

THE RESULTS ARE IN: NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has released the results of his two-year investigation into Russia's election interference and has found that the Trump Campaign did not coordinate or conspire with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.

Specifically, the Special Counsel's team determined the Trump Campaign had not coordinated or conspired with Russia's Internet Research Agency, the Russian GRU nor with individual Russian contacts.

Based off the evidence provided by the Special Counsel's Office, the Department of Justice cleared the President of any wrongdoing concerning allegations of obstruction of justice.

THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INVESTIGATION WAS EXHAUSTIVE, TRANSPARENT AND DONE BY THE BOOK

The White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel's investigation and provided ' unfettered ' access to the campaign and White House documents and directed senior aides to testify freely.

The President, 'in the interest of transparency and full disclosure,' asserted no executive privilege to withhold information in the Special Counsel's report.

Any redactions to the report were done according to Department of Justice protocol and in conjunction with Special Counsel's team and no one outside of the Department of Justice was allowed to make additional redactions.

The Mueller investigation was exhaustive and conclusive and lasted 675 days and is estimated to have cost approximately 35 million dollars.

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY EXONERATED BY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S OFFICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

The Special Counsel's Office Released The Conclusion Of Its Investigation Into The 2016 Election, Finding No Evidence Of Collusion Between The Trump Campaign And Russia

The Mueller Report Definitively Stated Their Report 'Did Not Establish That The [Trump] Campaign Coordinated Or Conspired With The Russian Government In Its Election-Interference Activities.' ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

The Special Counsel Reported Russia Conducted Its Election Interference Through The Internet Research Agency And The Main Intelligence Directorate Of The Russian Army, The Russian GRU. ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

The Special Counsel Found There Was No 'Evidence That Any U.S. Person Who Coordinated Or Communicated With The IRA Knew That He Or She Was Speaking With Russian Nationals Engaged In Criminal Conspiracy.' ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

'In All Cases, The IRA Contacted The Campaign While Claiming To Be U.S. Political Activists Working On Behalf Of A Conservative Grassroots Organizations.' ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

The IRA Additionally Operated Other Fake Activist And Grassroots Groups Including Black Social Justice Groups And LGBTQ And Religious Groups. ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

· The IRA Operated A Twitter Account @MissouriNewsUS That Posted Pro Sanders And Anti-Clinton Material. ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

Additionally, The Special Counsel's Team Determined That The Trump Campaign Did Not Conspire Or Coordinate With The GRU's Hacking Activities. ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR: 'But again, the Special Counsel's report did not find any evidence that members of the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its hacking operations. In other words, there was no evidence of Trump campaign 'collusion' with the Russian government's hacking.' ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

Likewise, The Investigation Did Not Establish Coordination Between The Trump Campaign And Russia, 'Including Russia Providing Assistance To The Campaign In Exchange For Any Sort Of Favorable Treatment In Future.' ( Department Of Justice , 4/18/19)

The Department Of Justice, Based Off The Evidence Compiled In The Mueller Report, Found No Evidence Of Obstruction Of Justice By The President

Based Off The Evidence Provided In The Mueller Report, The Department Of Justice Determined President Trump Did Not Commit Obstruction Of Justice. BARR: 'After carefully reviewing the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General and I concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.' ( Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION WAS EXHAUSTIVE, TRANSPARENT AND DONE ACCORDING TO THE LAW

The Mueller Investigation Was Extensive And Exhaustive Lasting 675 Days And Costing An Estimated $35,000,000

Cost Of The Mueller Investigation Through September 2018: $25,215,853.00 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

The Estimated Cost Of The Mueller Investigation Through Its Conclusion: Up To $35,00,000. ( Business Insider , 03/25/19)

Costs Per Day Of The Mueller Investigation Through September 30, 2018: $50,230.00 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Through September 2018, The Mueller Investigation Was The Second Most Expensive Per Day Investigation Dating Back To The Creation Of The United States Special Counsel's Office In 1979. ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Days The Mueller Investigation Has Proceeded: 675 Days ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Number Of Attorneys On The Mueller Investigation Team: 19 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Number Of Witnesses Who Were Interviewed Or Testified To The Special Counsel's Team: Approximately 500 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Number Of Search Warrants Issued: 500 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

Number Of Subpoenas Issued: More Than 2,800 ( RNC Research , 03/24/19)

The Department of Justice Reported That The White House Fully Cooperated With The Special Counsel's Investigation And Provided 'Unfettered' Access For The Special Counsel's Team

The Department Of Justice Reported That The White House 'Fully Cooperated With The Special Counsel's Investigation' And Provided 'Unfettered Access To Campaign And White House Documents,' And Directed Senior Aids To 'Testify Freely.' BARR: 'Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel's investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims.' ( Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

Department Of Justice: 'The President Took No Act' That 'Deprived The Special Counsel Of The Documents And Witnesses Necessary To Complete His Investigation.' BARR: 'And at the same time, the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation.' ( Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

The President, In The Interest Of Transparency, Asserted No Executive Privilege Over The Mueller Report Despite Having The Opportunity, Right And Precedent To Do So

President Trump In The Interest Of 'Transparency And Full Disclosure' Asserted No Privilege Over The Special Counsel's Report. BARR: 'Following that review, the President confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the Special Counsel's report.' ( Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

The Department Of Justice Added That, Had The White House Wanted, There Were 'Significant Portions Of The Report Contain[ing] Material Over Which The President Could Have Asserted Privilege.' BARR: 'Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the Special Counsel's investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege.' ( Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

· Executive Privilege Is A Right The President Has To Withhold Information From Congress Or The Courts If So Desired. 'President Dwight Eisenhower was the first president to coin the phrase 'executive privilege,' but not the first to invoke its principle: namely, that a president has the right to withhold certain information from Congress, the courts or anyone else - even when faced with a subpoena.' ( NPR , 06/28/07)

President Clinton Asserted Executive Privilege 14 Times During His Administration. 'During these investigations, President Clinton used executive privilege 14 times, which included protecting First Lady Hillary Clinton from testifying during the Whitewater hearings and protecting himself from testifying in both cases.' ( National Constitution Center , 03/24/17)

President Obama Used Executive Privilege To Keep 1,300 Documents Private During His Fast And Furious Scandal. 'Congress and the Department of Justice ended up in a standoff over the sharing of 1,300 documents, leading Obama to assert executive privilege in order to keep them private.' ( National Constitution Center , 03/24/17)

All Redactions To The Mueller Report Occurred According To Justice Department Protocol, In Coordination With The Special Counsel's Team, And No One Outside The Department Of Justice Participated Or Influenced The Redaction Process

The Mueller Report Was Redacted In Order To Prevent Harm To Ongoing Matters And To Comply With Court Orders Prohibiting The Disclosure Of Certain Information. BARR: 'As I said several times, the report contains limited redactions relating to four categories of information. To ensure as much transparency as possible, these redactions have been clearly labelled and color-coded so that readers can tell which redactions correspond to which categories. As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing upon ongoing investigations and criminal cases, such as the IRA case and the Roger Stone case.' (Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

The Redactions To The Report Were Applied By Justice Department Attorneys Working With Attorney's From The Special Counsel's Office. BARR: 'These redactions were applied by Department of Justice attorneys working closely together with attorneys from the Special Counsel's Office, as well as with the intelligence community, and prosecutors who are handling ongoing cases. The redactions are their work product.' (Department Of Justice , 03/24/19)

Attorney General Barr Made Clear The White House Did Not Play Any Part In The Redaction Process. BARR: 'For what it's worth, Attorney General William Barr said the White House did not play a part in the redaction process - and that instead, it was DOJ lawyers, Mueller's team, and members of the intelligence community.' ( Vox , 04/19/19)

Numerous Reports Released By Special Counsels' Offices In The Past Have Contained Redacted Portions

The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Eli J. Segal Was Redacted. ( Senate Committee On Government Affairs , 02/24/199)

The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Henry G. Cisneros Was Redacted. ( United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit , 08/13/04)

The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Franklyn Nofziger And Edwin Messe III Was Redacted. ( United States Circuit Court Of Appeals ,' 07/18/1988)

The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Iran/Contra Matters Was Redacted. (' United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit ,' 08/04/1993)

Many High Profile Reports Concerning Major Events Have Contained Redacted Portions And Information

The 9/11 Commission Report Released In 2004 Was Redacted. ( 9-11 Commission , 7/22/04)

· On July 15, 2015, Congress Published 28 Redacted Pages From The 9/11 Report. ( The Hill , 07/15/16)

The Final Report Of The Select Committee On Benghazi Released In 2016 Was Redacted. ( Congress.gov , 12/07/16)

The Report Of The Office Of The Inspector General Regarding The ATF's Operation Fast And Furious Was Redacted. ( Office Of The Inspector General , 11/2012)

In The Past, Individuals Named By Special Counsels In Their Reports Have Been Allowed To Review The Report Beforehand

Bruce Babbitt Was Allowed To Review And Submit A Response To The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Bruce Babbitt Before It Was Made Public. ( United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit , 06/02/2000)

Henry G. Cisneros Was Allowed To Review And Submit A Comment Letter To The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Henry G. Cisneros. ( United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit , 08/13/04)

Henry E. Espy Was Allowed To Review And Submit A Response To The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Henry E. Espy. ( United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit , 06/15/01)

George H.W. Bush Was Allowed To Review The Final Report Of The Independent Counsel In Re: Iran Contra Matters. 'Mr. Reagan and Mr. Bush, who had a chance to review the report before it was published, both repeated today their consistent assertions that they had done nothing wrong.' ( The Washington Post ,' 07/18/1988)

Democrats Are Hypocritically Attacking The Department Of Justice For Allowing The White House To See The Report In Advance Despite Supporting The Practice In The Past

Rep Jerry Nadler (D-CA) This Week: 'I'm Deeply Troubled By Reports That The WH Is Being Briefed On The Mueller Report AHEAD Of Its Release.' ( Twitter , 04/17/19)

Following A Report The White House Counsel Had Been Briefed On The Mueller Report, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said 'AG Barr Has Thrown Out His Credibility. ( Twitter , 04/17/19)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) In 1998: 'It Is Grossly Unfair,' And 'There Is No Reason Why' The President Should Not 'Be Able To See The Starr Report Beforehand.' REP. JERRY NADLER (D-NY): 'It is grossly unfair because, during the 10 or 20 days that that is going to be done, while the world will see salacious details, the President will not be allowed to look at those documents. There is no reason why he should not. There is no delay entailed.' ( Congressional Record , 09/11/1998)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) In 1998: 'Why Would You Not Afford The President Of The United States' The Chance To Review The Charges Against Him Beforehand. REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): 'Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me time. Mr. Speaker, for seven of the eleven years that I have served in Congress, I have served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or the ethics task force. It is from that perspective that I have several questions to ask. If indeed what we are talking about here today is the process under which the Starr report will be released, why then have the airwaves been filled with details of the Starr report for the last 36 hours? It has supposedly been under lock and key here. One can only assume the leaks are coming from the Independent Counsel's office. My second question is to you, Mr. Speaker. Why would you not afford the President of the United States the same opportunity you were given by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of having almost a week's advance notice to review the charges against you, so that you could have your response be part of the report? Let me just say, the good news about the leaks is that this four-year investigation apparently vindicates President Clinton in the conduct of his public life, because we are only left with this personal stuff.' ( Congressional Record , 09/11/1998)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) In 1998: 'Without Qualification, The President Of The United States Of America Deserves The Right To Review, Prior To Its Release, A Copy Of The Report Written By The Independent Counsel.' REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): 'We say without qualification, the President of the United States of America deserves the right to review, prior to its release, a copy of the report written by the independent counsel, who has spent 41⁄2 years investigating the President, and the last 8 months devoted to the Monica Lewinsky matter. Our position is not one of unquestioned support for this President. We have, and I have, disagreed with him on many occasions. In a court of law, it is a basic right for a defendant to know what they have been accused of and to be given the opportunity for preparation and response. To release this report is unconscionable. Do what you did for the Speaker, for President Nixon and Oliver North. Give the President 1 hour, 2 minutes, 1 minute, but be fair.' ( Congressional Record , 09/11/1998)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) In 1998: To Not Let The President Review The Report Beforehand Is A 'Political Act, It Is Not Justice.' REP. SHEILA JACKSON LEE (D-TX): 'This House, during this somber process, must not be driven by politics. The delivery of 445 pages by the drama of trucks coming onto these grounds, without the opportunity of the respondent, which could be any American in this Nation, to review such materials to provide a simultaneous response, is a political act, it is not justice.' ( Congressional Record , 09/11/1998)

Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) In 1998: The President 'Should Not Have To Speculate As To What We Have. He Should Have Had Access To It First So That He Is Not Blind Sided By Information.' REP. BEN CARDIN (D-MD): 'Second, there must be basic fairness to the person who is accused. The person should have had access to the material that we have before it is made public. That is a matter of basic fairness. Sure, the President will have a response, but he should not have to speculate as to what we have. He should have had access to it first so that he is not blind-sided by information that may come out later. That is not being fair.' ( Congressional Record , 09/11/1998)

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