When the long-awaited report from Special Counsel Rober Mueller was reportedly turned over to Attorney General Barr on Friday, the collective of the entire DC political beast sat awaiting details until today. Following nearly two years of investigation, the report reportedly found no evidence of Russian collusion between the Trump campaign or the President himself.

Some details from Reuters on what the report summary, provided by the Attorney General, contained today:

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find that President Donald Trump committed a crime but also does not exonerate him, according to a summary of Mueller’s findings released on Sunday.

Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump defeat his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, also found no evidence that any member of Trump’s election campaign conspired with Russia during the election. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Attorney General William Barr quoted Mueller as writing in his report on the issue of possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller said he would leave it to the attorney general to decide whether a crime was committed.

Barr’s summary said Mueller found no evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, despite multiple offers from individuals associated with Russia.

While Mueller rendered an opinion on the question of Russian collusion, he rendered no opinion on the question of obstruction of justice, instead leaving that question up to the Attorney General. As you can imagine, this move by Mueller has created the question of political interference since Attorney General Barr stated today that the President will not be charged with obstruction. Barr was appointed by the President to his position so Democrats are using that connection as a means to call the obstruction finding into question.

What about the 2020 Democratic candidates? They have a lot of to say, and most of them have already released lengthy statements calling for the full Mueller report to be released to the public as soon as possible. Here’s a collection of reactions from the 2020 Democratic field:

Cory Booker released a tweet saying that the public deserves the full report and urged for the complete findings to be release beyond just the summary provided by the Attorney General.

Julian Castro tweeted saying that the Attorney General shouldn’t be the one who decides how much the American people can and can not see of the Mueller report and believes the report must be released in entirety.

Tulsi Gabbard, speaking at an event in New Hampshire, said, “It’s important to make sure that this full report is released so that the American people can read what the contents are.”

Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted saying the Mueller report must be made public and implied that the Attorney General has too much of a conflict of interest, having been appointed by the President, to be trusted with selectively releasing a summary or bits and pieces of the report. Gillibrand also implied that she doesn’t believe the report exonerates the President by stating that “he is not above the law.”

Kamala Harris also tweeted saying that a summary from a “hand-picked” Trump appointee is not sufficient to make a final conclusion on what the Mueller report says. Harris also called for the “underlying investigative materials” to be released so that Americans can see how Mueller came to certain conclusions.

John Hickenlooper, speaking to reporters, said he hopes that as much of the Mueller report is released as the law allows.

Jay Inslee tweeted saying that the American people deserve the opportunity to read the report in full and not simply accept a “sanitized” version from President Trump’s Attorney General. Inslee also said the administration cannot be trusted and used the #releasethereport hashtag.

Amy Klobuchar released several tweets this afternoon addressing the Mueller report, including a video of her standing outside the Department of Justice building in Washington, DC. In Klobuchar’s latest tweet on the subject, she said that the content of the summary from the Attorney General illustrates the reason why the entire Mueller report must be made public, especially all information pertaining to Russia’s attempts to interfere in the U.S. elections.

Beto O’Rourke put out a short tweet on the subject calling for the full report to be released for transparency and accountability.

Bernie Sanders was speaking at a rally in San Francisco and reacted during his speech to address the Mueller Report, saying, “Well, I don’t want a summary of the report. I want the whole damn report, because nobody, especially this president, is above the law.”

Elizabeth Warren tweeted about the report pointing out that Congress voted unanimously to release the full report to the American public.

President Trump tweeted today that, in his opinion, the Mueller report “totally exonerates” him of questions concerning Russian collusion or obstruction of justice.

We searched for other candidates, including Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg, but couldn’t find any comments from them at press time.

If we find more comments on the Mueller report from other 2020 candidates we will update this story.

Exit question: What does this mean for Hillary Clinton in relation to 2020?

9 COMMENTS

  1. All of the mangy field of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls are surely extremely pissed at Robert Mueller right now. One of their biggest talking points is now moot. Never fear the Democrats will go back to their old reliable methods which is of course lie, lie and lie some more.?

  2. In answer to your final question, that’s probably the best thing that came from the Mueller report for Democrats. If it had shown that Trump had told the Russians what to do, she could have cried foul and asked for a redo. There was meddling, but the Russians weren’t “obeying” Trump.

  3. Regarding Buttigieg (pronounced “Boot-a-Judge”), I found this in Breitbart:

    “The president is not being indicted at the moment and also has not been exonerated at the moment. . .I think this is further evidence it would be a mistake for Democrats to think that the way for the Trump presidency to end is by way of investigation.”

    • The Democrats need to be careful what they wish for. An investigation can lead to something they don’t want. Drop it before it comes back to haunt them.

      I wonder what part of NO collusion and NO proof people don’t understand?

  4. The special counsel regulations required Mueller to write up his findings and submit them to the attorney general, which he did. Attorney General Barr notified Congress in a letter Friday that Mueller had concluded his investigation. Beyond that, Barr has taken control over what will and what will not be shared with Congress and the general public. Barr should have transmitted Mueller’s full report to Congress. Congress would then consider if the evidence Mueller assembled to be worthy of evaluation in a potential impeachment investigation. Lack of a determination of criminal liability does not resolve the questions about whether the President’s conduct and intentions constituted an impeachable abuse of the powers of his office.

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