Transcript for Mueller report: 'Does not exonerate' President Trump
This is an ABC news special. The mullah rook. George Stefan. Good morning we're coming back on the air again because it's 11 o'clock in the east the time that William Barr the attorney general the United States said that the -- report would be sent to congress. You'll be released to the public shortly thereafter which well we are gonna. Share those results would you share Robert Muller's words with you we have already heard. From the attorney general this morning extraordinary press comes at 9:30 this morning where he laid out again his conclusions. On what Robert Mueller has found emphasizing. That William Barr the attorney general that. Robert Moore he says found no evidence that there was an illegal conspiracy cannot establish an illegal conspiracy between the trump campaign. And Russia and bars conclusion. Where he did say there were disagreements over the law with a Robert Mueller that the president did not. Obstruct justice some want to bring in our chief White House correspondent John Carl. There in Washington where their team prepared to read through. The entire report we also know John from William Barr and others at the president's team had briefings on this report over the last couple a days. We have learned that the president's legal team was briefed twice this week on given a chance to read the entire report. But we also heard. That there was no attempt by the president's legal team or by the White House to redact any of the material based on executive privilege and that is significant George. Because through the course of this investigation Robert Moeller interviewed many of the president's closest advisors including. His White House counsel former White House canceled Don McGann. And what bar said is that this report. All although bar itself was made a conclusion we've already known about odd bit that he doesn't believe the president was guilty of obstruction. And justice and engines reports. Yes that the reporting out of the report has been posted the report has been posted publicly so when at try to go to the report. Itself where do this deliberately then take our time we're gonna make sure you all understand exactly what Robert Mueller. Road and I want to begin with quotes and I'm gonna bring in our team and this from the obstruction of justice section. One of the things that Robert Mueller wrote is that several features of the conduct we investigated it distinguish it. From typical obstruction of justice K case is first of all he said the investigation concerns the president's. And some of his actions such as the firing of the FBI director involves the racially or lawful acts within this article two authority which raises constitutional. Issues. But he also points out. That the president as the head of the executive branch has unique and powerful means to influence official proceedings subordinate officers and potential witnesses. All of which is relevant to potential obstruction of justice analysis. The ups and many third point he brings out is that the evidence. Did not establish a the president was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian. Election in your appearance although the obstruction statutes not require proof of such a crime he continues the absence of the evidence effects he announces the present tend. Requires consideration of other possible motives. For his conduct. Bottom line conclusion no also from Robert Mueller and this is direct quote. From Robert Mueller. If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts of the president clearly not commit obstruction of justice we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime. It also does not exonerate him but I want to put up on the screen one more time there's one clear disagreement. Between William Barr and Robert Mueller and this is a death sentence where rob who Robert Mueller wrote. If we had confidence after thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal sinners we are unable to reach that judgment accordingly while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime. It also does not exonerate him William Barr said he did not obstruct justice Robert Mueller said we couldn't reach that judgment. Absolutely and in fact George Robert Moeller outlines here. All reasons and we're still going through this but reasons that there are. Significant concerns about the president's actions that would suggest possible obstruction of justice so he is emphatic. He could not clear the president of this he did not exonerate the president on the question of obstruction of justice in fact in fact. He found chapter and verse. Cases that raise serious concerns and questions about whether or not the president in fact a truck to justice.
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