Why Mueller cleared Trump
There was insufficient evidence that the president obstructed justice
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to clear President Donald Trump reflects the fact that his findings were not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense.
Since he fired the man leading one of the investigations, ex-FBI Director James Comey, there were questions about whether Trump obstructed justice. According to Attorney General William Barr, the lack of evidence of an underlying crime related to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia means Trump has not been involved in criminal act.
“In cataloguing the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent," Barr wrote.
For many months, US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to sway the election in favour of Mr Trump, and Mueller has been looking into whether anyone from his campaign colluded in the effort. However, the special counsel found no evidence the campaign conspired with Russia.
Attorney General Bill Barr also said there was insufficient evidence that the president obstructed justice. Though there were several meetings between senior members of Mr Trump's team with Russian officials. Several meetings were not initially disclosed.
But it was established that Ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about meeting the Russian ambassador to the US before Mr Trump took office. And the president's son, Donald Jr, met a Russian lawyer who said she had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
In the course of investigating Trump, Mueller brought charges against several of Mr Trump's inner circle. Ex-adviser Roger Stone, Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, are all in trouble with the law now for telling lies.