With redacted Mueller report imminent, Trump celebrates

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The attorney general said Russian Federation did indeed interfere in the 2016 election.

Barr says Mueller did not reach a "prosecutorial judgement" and that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence was not sufficient to establish the president committed an offence.

The attorney general will release the special counsel's almost 400-page report detailing his investigation into allegations of whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 election cycle and whether the president illegally obstructed the probe later this morning.

Barr also said Mueller identified "10 episodes" of Trump's possible obstruction of the probe, but the attorney general determined there was not enough evidence to charge the president with a crime.

"Although the deputy attorney general and I disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely exclusively on that in making our decision", Barr told reporters.

Talking points went out to Trump allies while his supporters' phones buzzed with text messages from the campaign looking to raise money off Thursday's developments.

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U.S. House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler said he'll likely call Mueller and members of his team to testify after the report is released.

William Barr held a news conference on Thursday, shortly before a long-awaited report into the matter was released.

Moreover, the report states that the fact that no decision has been made regarding the obstruction case, it does not necessarily exonerate the president.

After the press conference, the 400 pages will be released on CD to congress.

So if Trump did indeed not collude with Russian Federation, it's a good thing that he won't face charges for any possible process crimes.

But Mr Barr's comments were criticised for being overly favourable to Mr Trump, whose lawyers had been allowed to preview the partly blacked-out version of the report.

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DETROW: Yeah. I think this is going to be a part of the Barr press conference that Democrats especially focus in on.

It said Mueller accepted the longstanding Justice Department view that a sitting president can not be indicted on criminal charges.

Asked by CBS News' White House correspondent Paula Reid about his recognition of the president's emotions and claims by Democrats that he is acting as a spokesperson for the White House, the attorney general defended his statements and said his characterization of the Mueller report as "unprecedented" is warranted.

The Justice Department posted a redacted version of the repor t online, 90 minutes after Attorney General William Barr offered his own final assessment of the findings.

Barr testified before the Senate last week that he planned to investigate whether the 2016 spying operation against Trump and his presidential campaign was proper and lawful. Though the report said "the campaign anticipated receiving derogatory documents and information" from Russians that "could assist Trump's electoral prospects", it said "the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that the participants at that meeting "had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful". But those efforts failed, the report said, "largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests".

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report detailing his two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election will be released around 11 a.m. ET.

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Even the planned release of the almost 400-page report quickly spiraled into a political battle Wednesday over whether Attorney General William Barr is attempting to shield the president who appointed him and spin the report's findings before the American people can read it and come to their own judgments.