By Karen Freifeld
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani mentioned Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference within the 2016 election, whether or not the Trump marketing campaign colluded, and whether or not Trump obstructed justice was extra optimistic than he had anticipated, based mostly on the abstract of the report launched on Sunday.
“It is higher than I anticipated,” mentioned Giuliani, who, echoing Trump, relentlessly attacked Mueller and his work when he started to symbolize the president final yr.
Mueller’s report, in accordance with the abstract by U.S. Lawyer Basic William Barr, discovered no proof President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign conspired with Russia within the 2016 election. It additionally didn’t discover that the president obstructed justice, although it didn’t exonerate him.
Barr mentioned he and Deputy Lawyer Basic Rod Rosenstein then concluded there was inadequate proof of obstruction.
“It is a full and whole vindication of the President,” Giuliani and others on Trump’s outdoors authorized crew later mentioned in a press release.
“They obtained it proper,” mentioned Washington lawyer John Dowd, who served as Trump’s private lawyer on the probe till March 2018. “I am simply very, very blissful for the president.”
“It has been an terrible two years, in my view wholly unjustified,” Dowd informed Reuters.
Mueller spent practically two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled within the 2016 election.
The report additionally outlines the Russian effort to affect the election and paperwork crimes by individuals related to Russia in reference to that, Barr mentioned.
(Reporting by Karen Freifeld; Modifying by Leslie Adler and Chris Reese)