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President Trump breaks silence after AG tells Congress no evidence of collusion: 'An illegal takedown'

'It was a complete and total exoneration...'

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President Donald Trump celebrated Sunday after Attorney General William Barr informed Congress of the "principal conclusions" in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump added context to his tweet prior to departing Florida, where he spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

"So after a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side, where a lot of bad things happened... it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard, there was no collusion with Russia," Trump said.

"There was no obstruction. None whatsoever. It was a complete and total exoneration," Trump added, speaking about Barr's letter. "It was a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this."

"Before I even got elected, it began — and it began illegally," Trump went on to say. "And hopefully somebody is gonna look at the other side. This was an illegal takedown that failed."

Trump Reacts to Findings in Mueller Report www.youtube.com

What did Barr's letter say?

In a four-page letter, Barr told Congress that Trump's campaign did not collude with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election, nor did sufficient evidence exist to prove Trump obstructed justice. Democrats and the mainstream media claimed for two years that Trump was guilty of both allegations.

Two important quotes from Barr's report:

  • "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."
  • "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense."

It's not clear if the Justice Department will release Mueller's report in its entirety. Barr emphasized in his letter that he would work with Mueller's team to guarantee transparency for the American people.

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