SPECIAL REPORT: President Trump responds to the AG's letter

In response to Attorney General William Barr's letter summarizing the special counsel report, the president called it an "illegal takedown that failed."
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Transcript for SPECIAL REPORT: President Trump responds to the AG's letter
This is an ABC news special report. Bill Muller reports. Now reported George Stephanopoulos. We're coming back got there because we have president trumps first reaction to the news that government always found no evidence of any conspiracy by the trump campaigned in. Interfere elections with the Russians. And the attorney general. William Barr has made a conclusion that the president not obstruct justice let's listen. Oh. Jim. And none what so ever. Pads. It was a complete and total exonerated she. It's a shame. That our country had to go through. To be honest it's a shame that your president has had to go through this tour. Before I even got elected fifty guests. That'd be gathered illegally. And hopefully somebody's got to look at the other side. This was and illegal. Take down that bail. Hopefully. Somebody's gotta be looking at the other side so it's complete. Exonerate (%expletive) and no collusion. No obstruction thank you very much thank you. Short aggressive statement there from presidential I'm saying not only completed generation boasted it was in a legal takedown wanna go to our. Chief White House correspondent John Carl. The telling their from the present as I said quite aggressive right there and he's right on the underlying claim of any conspiracy special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence the term campaign conspired. With the Russians. The attorney general is automated conclusion obstruction but the special counsel. A according to the attorney general's letter had this quote while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime it also does not exonerate him. The bottom line from the White House perspective though George that that allegation that has hung over this president from the start of his presidency really from the from the right after his election victory. Was that the question of collusion with Russian efforts to interfere with the election. And this was emphatic the conclusion according to attorney general Barr. Bits did the special counsel after spending 22 months investigating. With nearly a limited resources. Found no evidence did did anybody on the trump campaign colluded with the Russians in that effort that is a big. Big win for this president you're right he overstates. The question of collusion of of obstruction. But even on that question. The special counsel does not find does not conclude that he did obstruct justice. One way or the other and the president seemed at least in this initial steam and John. As if he wants to investigate the investigators which has been seen we've seen among his allies. Yes and that was interest thing we've heard the president attacked this special counsel relentlessly. Off from the beginning. And it appears he's not really Don attacking the investigators he wants now to turn the investigative power on his political enemies. All right we will could two ways we could've seen the president go we could have hailed this as vindication he's doing that to be sure but he still complaining about this investigation. And the hurt it that he described it could cost dollars I mean that some of that is. People very close to the president who were found guilty of crimes during the course of this investigation again not all on the central question of Russian collusion. But his campaign chairman his personal lawyer his national security advisor all found guilty through the thrall thus making. And force teams to see that you the president on offense. Hit eighties not just on offense George you know he's defiant and and this is personal for him you heard him say that this is a been a shame that our country had to go through this. And he said it's been a shame that your president had to go go through this. This this this was indeed the New York Times calculated by it by its count that president trouble over the last cup 22 months had attacked Robert Mueller. More than 11100. Times this was a daily drumbeat for him and I think if we thought perhaps in the wake of what we just saw today that the president's tone might soften a little bit instead he's in thing up he says he wants to investigate the other side. I Ito goes without saying George Wendt got remind people Robert Mueller. Is a republic and Robert Mueller is very well respected in this town and right up until this very minute they have run a tight clean ship. Leak free over there and and really widely respected by a by both sides of the aisle here why. Ten Robert Mueller has continued the president's team did not engage in conspiracy with the Russians he attorney general. Has concluded that the president did not obstruct justice the president is calling that a complete and total exoneration just heard it. Right there we'll we'll full report tonight on world news. This has been a special report. From ABC news.

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