WASHINGTON – As Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of the highly anticipated report from Robert Mueller’s investigation to members of Congress on Sunday, there was no indication the White House had received an early look at its findings.
President Donald Trump, who spent the weekend at his golf resort in Mar-a-Lago, had not seen or been briefed on the report as of midday Sunday, officials said.
White House lawyers had wanted to review the findings before they were submitted to Congress.
According to a letter Barr sent to Congress Sunday, Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference did not find evidence that Trump or members of his campaign conspired with Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election. But the special counsel’s report left “unresolved whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” the letter said.
“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on whether he obstructed justice, Mueller said in the report, according to Barr’s summary.
The White House response was relatively muted all weekend. Trump flew to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, earlier in the day and held a meeting with Caribbean leaders focused on U.S. policy toward Venezuela.
The president did not post any messages on Twitter until Sunday morning, an unusual delay.
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“We’re pleased that the Office of Special Counsel has delivered its report to the Attorney General pursuant to the regulations,” Trump’s attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow said in a statement on Friday. “Attorney General Barr will determine the appropriate next steps.”
Giuliani told USA TODAY that Trump’s legal team had also not been briefed on the report. “It keeps it appropriate,” Giuliani said.
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