Barr’s Finding of No Obstruction by Trump Triggers Firestorm of Democratic Criticism

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr is facing a firestorm of mostly Democratic criticism over declaring that President Donald Trump did not obstruct the Russia investigation, a move that came after Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his probe Friday without drawing a conclusion on the thorny question.

Barr announced his decision Sunday in a four-page summary of Mueller’s report which concluded that there was no evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 U.S. election.

In the letter to key members of Congress, the attorney general wrote that while the special counsel did not decide one way or another whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, had determined that Trump’s actions during the investigation did not amount to obstruction.

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