The full Mueller report confirms Russia’s government did try to meddle in the 2016 US election but Donald Trump played no part, according to the US Attorney General.
Special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, William Barr told a news conference.
He also said it did not find any “other Americans” were involved.
In regards to obstruction of justice during the investigation, which Mr Mueller did not come to a conclusion on, he said: “The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction of justice offence.”
These comments were made ahead of the publication of the full report, a redacted version of which has now been released.
Mr Barr said the report recounts 10 episodes involving Mr Trump that were investigated as potential acts of criminal obstruction of justice.
President Trump tweeted a Game of Thrones style image which said: “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left democrats – game over.”
Earlier, he used a tweet to claim the investigation into Russian election meddling was “The Greatest Political Hoax of all time!”.