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Justice Department letter: Mueller does not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice or find that he committed a crime

In all, Mueller's investigation resulted in charges against 37 people and entities, with seven people pleading guilty and five sentenced to prison.(Source: ZUMA Press/MGN)
In all, Mueller's investigation resulted in charges against 37 people and entities, with seven people pleading guilty and five sentenced to prison.(Source: ZUMA Press/MGN)
Published: Mar. 24, 2019 at 3:42 PM EDT
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Justice Department letter: Mueller does not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice or find that he committed a crime.

Special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof of collusion with Russia and made no conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice and Attorney General William Barr has found insufficient evidence to pursue the matter further.

The findings were contained in a letter that Barr sent to Congress on Sunday and that was made public.

Providing Mueller's "principal conclusions," as Barr has referred to them, to lawmakers comes after the transmission of Mueller's report to Barr on Friday that concluded an investigation which has resulted in the indictments of 34 people, infuriated the president and threw the administration into turmoil.

The long-awaited end of the probe came almost two years after Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."

Among those who have been criminally charged are Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; longtime ex-political adviser Roger Stone; former personal lawyer Michael Cohen; and numerous Russian nationals. There have been a number of guilty pleas and convictions — but none of the charges have directly accused Trump or anyone in his orbit of conspiring with Russians to help Trump get elected in 2016.

There will be no more indictments now that the probe is over, NBC News has learned.

BREAKING: AG Barr's full letter to Congress with his summary of the special counsel's report. https://nbcnews.to/2YkYfko

Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Sunday, March 24, 2019

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