“Complete and total exoneration”: Trump cleared of colluding with Russia

US President Donald Trump has had arguably the greatest day of his political career, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller finding no evidence of collusion between his campaign team and Russia during the 2016 election.

After nearly two years of investigation, Mueller found that no one in Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government,” and US Attorney General William Barr says it did not present enough evidence to warrant charging Trump with obstruction of justice.

However, Mueller himself could not reach a solid conclusion on whether whether Trump broke the law by interfering with the various probes into the 2016 election that have haunted his presidency.


“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the summary read.

President Trump was quick to jump on social media to welcome the report.

“No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” he tweeted.


The White House reacted with a sense of vindication.

“The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.

“AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”

Trump later addressed reporters in Florida before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington.

“It’s 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 for — before I even got elected, it began. And it began illegally,” President Trump said.

“This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully, somebody is going to be looking at the other side.”

This isn’t the end of President Trump’s legal woes though, with other investigations focusing on issues surrounding his businesses and financial dealings, personal conduct, charitable foundation and inaugural committee.