Just so we get this straight, Mueller investigated these activities for two years and felt the evidence (which we may never see) was too difficult to make a judgment on obstruction of justice. Not insufficient – too difficult. But apparently the newly appointed Attorney General was able to make a sweeping judgment on all of the issues in less than a day, making the whole thing go away. That’s not suspicious at all.
“The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’
“The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions *leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime*. … After reviewing the Special Counsel’s final report on these issues; consulting with Department officials, including the Office of Legal Counsel; and applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide our charging decisions, 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.”
Atty. Gen. William P. Barr has told Congress that the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not find President Trump or “anyone associated” with the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.