It's Mueller time! Celebrities react to release of Trump-Russia investigation report
Celebrities were outraged after Attorney General William Barr released a redacted reported compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
During a contentious press conference on Thursday, Barr claimed that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Russians and Donald Trump's presidential campaign during the 2016 election.
"After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes," Barr said, saying that Americans "should be grateful" for the findings.
While the report showed that investigators did not find any evidence of collusion, a series of questionable incidents involving the commander in chief were examined as part of the Special Counsel's inquiry into obstruction of justice. The report states that in June 2017, President Trump told his White House counsel that Mueller "must be removed" as he had conflicts of interest, and that the acting attorney general must be informed immediately.
According to the document, Trump was also wary about the original appointment of Department of Justice leader Jeff Sessions to oversee the probe and allegedly thought it would mean the "end of his presidency." Nonetheless, Mueller was not able to reach a conclusion if the POTUS' actions amounted to obstruction of justice. "Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," the report states.