The Justice Department considered President Donald Trump’s frustrations about media and political speculation about the Russia investigation when deciding whether to charge him with obstructing the probe, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation recounts 10 episodes involving Trump and questions of obstruction of justice, Barr said. A redacted version of the approximately 400-page document is expected to be released after Barr’s remarks.
After reviewing the information gathered by Mueller, the top Justice Department official and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president with obstructing the probe into Moscow’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. The special counsel himself did not weigh in on obstruction, and noted that the report “does not exonerate” Trump, Barr previously said in a summary of the report.... Read More: CNBC