Mueller report: Dark cloud over Trump’s presidency subsides

With the release of the summary of special council Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump-Russia conspiracy on Sunday, the US President Donald Trump evaded the dark cloud of impeachment that hovered over his presidency for now.

The US Attorney General William P Barr, who released the report summary of the investigations concerning the alleged Trump-Russia conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential elections, wrote that the special council has stated that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

According to a CNN report, the special council’s office had deliberated with the Department of Justice at length about issuing a subpeona for interviewing President Trump. However, eventually, a decision was made to not go ahead with the critical step.

Earlier, Trump’s long time lawyer, Michael Cohen had accused him of being deeply informed about the Russian links with the 2016 presidential elections, besides accusing him of a extensive lies and criminality. Cohen particularly charged him of lying about his business interests in Russia.

Recently, the president’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn who became the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s, also pleaded guilty on Friday for lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December.

Following the release of the report summary, Trump tweeted: “a complete and total exoneration”

The Mueller investigation has led to a number of indictments, convictions or guilty pleas for several of Trump’s aides and associates including his campaign chairman and the national security advisor, in the past months. A final 22 months of the Trump presidency is left, before the next US presidential elections scheduled for 2020.

 

Compiled by Nikita Singh