Trump didn't coordinate with Russia in 2016, report declares

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 26, 2019 6:16 a.m.

    @ Onion Daze - Payson, UT - March 24, 2019 5:16 p.m. - "There is a big difference between being "innocent" and "not guilty under the law". The two are not the same. The obstruction of justice issue probably falls into the "not guilty under the law" category??
    Hardly a "nothing burger". There are a few guys going to prison."

    First, how, exactly, did Trump "obstruct" justice? You said he did, so how, specifically, did he do this? And, "if" he did, why didn't Mueller say he did?

    Second, you need to be more honest. In terms of Trump, which is what the MAIN objective of the investigation was, this entire investigation was in fact a "nothing burger". That can be said 100% objectively because Mueller is NOT recommending any further indictments. To shoot for almost 730 days at your main target and never hit it once and then claim victory is dishonest.

    Those who despise Trump need to ask themselves "why" they despise Trump and then actually do some honest, unbiased research and see if what they find matches, exactly, their emotions. Trump is "not" perfect, but he also did not collude with Russia not obstruct justice.

  • WanderingWyoming Worland, WY
    March 26, 2019 5:44 a.m.

    It is evident that we need at least two more special counsels appointed. 1. To investigate why a probe into the Russian collusion allegations was even done in the first place; and 2. To investigate why Mr. Mueller didn't find President Trump guilty.

    This behavior could go on for a while, and it has absolutely nothing to do with truth or justice..........

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    March 26, 2019 5:04 a.m.

    oldbasketball - Draper, UT
    March 25, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    "Mad Hatter-It doesn't bother me a bit that you took your shot at Fox News. But what you didn't say was more telling. You did not even try to defend cnn and msnbc . . . "

    Are you mistaking the talking heads of Fox News for journalists? If you read the book I recommended (which was written by a journalist), you will see that minimum investment was placed in the Fox News news division because the big money is in their entertainment/opinion people like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. That network is basically a propaganda outlet. Although the journalists who work at Fox News are reputable and good, they get little support from the network. Most Fox viewers often mistake confusing the entertainment division for the news division. They may think they're getting news, but they aren't.

    I don't need to defend CNN or MSNBC since I get my information from the NYTimes and WaPost. Sometimes I read the LATimes and WSJ if I'm in Starbucks. I prefer written reports from investigative journalists who have space to develop their stories. MSNBC does bring on good journalists to talk about their on-going work, but I prefer paper in my hands.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    March 25, 2019 8:41 p.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    March 25, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    " . . . Attorney General William P. Barr read the Mueller report and reported the Mueller report stated there was no Russian/Trump collusion."

    Yes, you're partially correct on that point. The headline to this article is dead wrong. William Barr said in his letter no Russian/Trump collusion, but we don't know if Robert Mueller mentioned that conclusion in his report. It's doubtful. Most of what we are hearing is that the "no collusion" statement is Barr's alone, not necessarily found in Mueller's report. Mueller deferred to others to analyze the information and come to a conclusion.

    As understood by many, that decision was to be made by the Congress, not the AG. This still remains unclear, but it seems that a partisan appointee having the final call on this issue after two years of investigation and less than 48 hours of consideration is jumping the gun. I'll wait to read the report myself and make a determination.

    However, you failed to mention the term "no exoneration". Barr also used that term suggesting a lack of evidence on the question of obstruction of justice. This is significant. This is NOT a "not guilty" decision.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2019 5:58 p.m.

    @wgirl - "According to Gallup, his current approval rating is 39%, which is also the average approval rate for his presidency to date. In comparison, the average approval rating for Presidents who served in the years 1938 - 2019 is 53%. Obama had an average approval rate of 48%."

    Hmm, I remember Obama having single digit and lower teens approval ratings for several months in a row (though I don't keep track for averages); I do believe that was right after Obamacare passed, so maybe he came up in the averages through his full 8 years in office. Perhaps Trump's rating will average higher eventually as well.

    Anyway, what I really wanted to say is: I don't give too much credit to Gallup polling; it showed Hillary was going to win by a landslide; and she lost (perhaps got the popular vote; but popularity isn't the winning vote). Obviously Gallop polling is not an accurate reflection of reality of this nation's voters.

  • wgirl , 00
    March 25, 2019 4:03 p.m.

    @joe5 - You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but it is just that, an opinion.

    Trump lost the popular vote. According to Gallup, his current approval rating is 39%, which is also the average approval rate for his presidency to date. In comparison, the average approval rating for Presidents who served in the years 1938 - 2019 is 53%. Obama had an average approval rate of 48%.

    These polls give me hope - at least my opinion is shared with a majority of my fellow Americans. Others feel the same way I do about having a vulgar, con-artist as the representation of American values and ideals.

    A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good just because it is accepted - cheered for - by Trump and his supporters or because those things are not technically crimes.

    Many of us are very concerned with the example Trump sets for our children and the nation as a whole.

    "When the wicked rule, the people mourn"

    We pay a high price for those tax cuts for the rich and a few judges.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 25, 2019 3:10 p.m.

    @JLindow - St. George, UT
    March 25, 2019 9:15 a.m.
    If there was an investigation against Obama, Obama fired the first person running the investigation, and Obama's hand-picked AG was the only one who got to see the report, how much would you trust that AG's summary?"

    If obama told the FBI to stand down in it's investigation, would you trust any report that came out? Oh, right, that did happen. Never mind.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    March 25, 2019 2:30 p.m.

    wgirl: And despite all that, he is having one of the most successful administrations in the last century.

  • wgirl , 00
    March 25, 2019 1:34 p.m.

    Typo!

    My paragraph should have read: "That DOESN'T mean that Trump isn't a vulgar, serial adulterer, womanizing fraudster that surrounds himself with criminals and spends 1 in 5 days at his private golf resorts and a good chunk of every day watching TV and Tweeting out degrading nick-names and lies between trips overseas to prostrate himself before Putin.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 25, 2019 1:17 p.m.

    Daedalus, Stephen: The joke is on the Democrats because Attorney General William P. Barr read the Mueller report and reported the Mueller report stated there was no Russian/Trump collusion. Now the Dems want to investigate Barr AND Mueller! That's the joke, in case you missed it!

  • wgirl , 00
    March 25, 2019 11:43 a.m.

    Trump has shown us time and again that he is very good at getting himself out of situations he doesn't like - via bone spurs and bankruptcies.

    Trump himself called this whole thing "a hoax" over and over again.

    I trust Mueller. I heard Trump ask Russia for help, we know he lied about the Trump Tower meeting and other things regarding Russia - I thought Mueller would find fire with all that smoke. He didn't.

    That does mean that Trump isn't a vulgar, serial adulterer, womanizing fraudster that surrounds himself with criminals and spends 1 in 5 days at his private golf resorts and a good chunk of every day watching TV and Tweeting out degrading nick-names and lies between trips overseas to prostrate himself before Putin.

    Unlike Trump and his Party, I trust the FBI and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They have degraded and insulted these institutions for 2 years only to gloat now. If Trump and his supporters are going to ask for apologies, they should start by apologizing to the men and women of the institutions they've been trashing.

    I hope the report is released, even if it has to be redacted, but it is time to move on.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    March 25, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    @Thid Baker: unsurprisingly, you missed the joke.

    None people commenting extensively about the Mueller report said have actually read it.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    March 25, 2019 11:40 a.m.

    Now I am sure we will see the news media and others "dumb it down" and rationalize that the Mueller report and Mr Barr really means nothing.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 25, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    @ 2 bits

    "And if you read my comments you would know that I've already said that 100 times."

    I do occasionally read your comments, and sometimes you do acknowledge the reality that the partisanship, tactics and tricks are found equally on both sides. But it's usually like in this instance - you do so AFTER you get challenged. But that's more than many on this board will do, so credit for that.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    March 25, 2019 10:24 a.m.

    Mad Hatter-It doesn't bother me a bit that you took your shot at Fox News. But what you didn't say was more telling. You did not even try to defend cnn and msnbc that have been spewing out the fake news Russian Collusion garbage that has been going on for two years.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 25, 2019 10:18 a.m.

    @JLindow
    RE: "If there was an investigation against Obama, Obama fired the first person running the investigation"...
    ---
    The FBI director was never running the Mueller Investigation.

    The "Special Counsel" is not run by the FBI. It's an independent counsel. Not run by Comey.

    The FBI was doing a counter intelligence probe at the same time. Comey publicly testified to Congress Trump was not personally under investigation in the counterintelligence probe. He was under investigation by the special counsel headed by Mueller though.

    ===

    RE: Those declaring victory for Trump and a bad day for Democrats ignore that we haven't seen the report, just a summary from a political appointee with a well known bias against the investigation"...
    ---
    And those pretending the summary report is totally off base from Mueller's full report are conveniently ignoring the fact that Robert Mueller has not said that anything in the summary does not represent his findings, or what is in his full report.

    I think Mueller has enough integrity to say something if the Summary mis-stated his findings.

    Trump wasn't vindicated. But he also wasn't charged with high crimes or misdemeanors by Muller's team.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 25, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    @ GingerMarshall - Brooklyn, OH - March 24, 2019 2:52 p.m. - "Barr was hired to protect Trump. I don’t care what he says, because he’s already made it clear he won’t act no matter what. The full report needs to go to Congress and then to the American people.
    I trust Mueller. I don’t trust Barr."

    So you trust Mueller and not Barr?

    Let me ask you something:

    Let's use our objective, rational brains for a second.....does it make sense that Mueller would investigate Trump for over 2 years, find him guilty of collusion but then when Barr says "no collusion" that Mueller, who you claim is a man of complete justice and trust, would then say nothing to the public of what he found but what Barr is, supposedly, not saying?

    Does that pass the common sense test to you at all?

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 25, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    @ pragmatistferlife - Salt Lake City, UT - March 24, 2019 2:15 p.m. - "If you read the notes and definitions Trump and the boys got lucky. They were more than willing to meet with Russians 100 times during the campaign but the Russians actually had nothing to collude with."

    Get real: any "notes" and "definitions" you claim are in the report, Mueller would have read them. Good grief!, Mueller would have written them.

    Get over it: there was "no" collusion.

    Seriously, how do those on your side sleep at night?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 25, 2019 9:52 a.m.

    @Karen R 9:22
    RE: "@ 2 bits
    I hope the Dems don't Benghazi Trump. Or use relentless investigation and propaganda about insecure transmission of national security-related information in an attempt to erode his support leading up to and during the election campaign. But if they do, I'd say they were using the playbook created by someone before them, wouldn't you?"...
    ---
    Yes. And if you read my comments you would know that I've already said that 100 times.

    I'm not under the delusion some partisans have, that this just started with Trump. Or with Obama. It's been going on a long time (and by both sides). Each side learns from what the other side did (and worked) and then does the same thing to the Next President. That's the whole point.

    I'm not saying Trump is more picked on that other Presidents. I've pointed out 100 times that it's been done to EVERY President since Clinton. They just take what worked then, ramp it up a bit, and do it to try to destroy the next President. That's the point! Think it's going to stop here? I don't.

    Partisans have tried to destroy the people's support for every President since Clinton (exactly what Russia wants us to do).

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 25, 2019 9:29 a.m.

    Daedalus, Stephen: Because there is classified information in the report and unless you have a security clearance, you will never see everything in the report! Classified information is a term applied to material that our government believes is sensitive information that requires secrecy based on national or regional security needs. In other words, its on a need to know basis and America's enemies should not know every thing! Get a security clearance first. The need for security clearances proves knowledge in the wrong hands is dangerous!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 25, 2019 9:27 a.m.

    @Thid Barker 8:04
    RE: "The Democrats have exposed themselves with this "investigation" and have made fools of themselves in front of the entire world! Even the Russians are laughing at them"...
    ---
    I have to agree that the Russians have probably been laughing at us (Rs and Ds) this whole time. Their plan worked better than they could have imagined, and on so many levels.

    They wanted to shake confidence in our leaders and our government.

    They were so successful in shaking America's confidence in Hillary Clinton that we didn't just doubt her... she lost the election! I don' think they (or anybody) imagined that could happen in a million years let alone a few weeks. But it did.

    I don't think they expected Trump to win. That's why they hadn't targeted him with as many fake-news adds as they did Clinton. When he won (unexpectedly) they had to scramble to discredit him quickly... but Democrats beat them to the punch. All they had to do was sit back and laugh while Adam Schiff, Chuck Todd, and MSNBC did their dirty work for them.

    I bet the Russians were sitting in their offices chuckling at how well it worked, and how well the Democrats were doing their dirty work for them.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 25, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    @ 2 bits

    "Democrats have more tricks up their sleeves. Tricks Rs will use on the next President I bet."

    I hope the Dems don't Benghazi Trump. Or use relentless investigation and propaganda about insecure transmission of national security-related information in an attempt to erode his support leading up to and during the election campaign.

    But if they do, I'd say they were using the playbook created by someone before them, wouldn't you?

    And now I'm listening to Lindsay Graham going on AGAIN about the Clinton email investigation. But no apparent concern that Trump uses insecure devices. Good grief.

    Dem candidates: Please stick to healthcare, education, immigration, and climate change. Let R's go alone down the HRC and other victimhood rabbit holes they just can't stay away from.

  • JLindow St. George, UT
    March 25, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    If there was an investigation against Obama, Obama fired the first person running the investigation, and Obama's hand-picked AG was the only one who got to see the report, how much would you trust that AG's summary?

    Those declaring victory for Trump and a bad day for Democrats ignore that we haven't seen the report, just a summary from a political appointee with a well known bias against the investigation.

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    March 25, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    Wow, people are so upset about this that they will do whatever mental gymnastics are necessary to believe there is still hope that the president will be charged. For example, believing that Barr is misrepresenting the Mueller report at the president's direction. Do you really think that is possible? You believe that Barr would be able to spin a false narrative and nobody on the Mueller team would correct him? I am not a Trump fan, but I love this country. It is best for the country to move on and run the country, and not waste another minute or tax-payer dollar on this investigation.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    March 25, 2019 8:43 a.m.

    Hey, for some reason Mueller forgot to e-mail a copy of his report. Can one of you guys please send me a copy of the one he sent you?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 25, 2019 8:40 a.m.

    How about we all "band" together to move this country forward and continue the awesome progress we have made in the past two years?

    We each need to disassociate ourselves from the concept that:

    "It's not a good idea unless it's MY idea".

    🤗

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 25, 2019 8:32 a.m.

    "Some chicken. Some neck".

    🤔

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 25, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    The Democrats are in serious damage control mode now! They have met their enemy and their enemy is themselves!

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    March 25, 2019 8:28 a.m.

    A great day for America...very very bad day for the democrats and the left wing media! As always, what is good for America is bad for the democrats...that's all you need to know what the dems stand for

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 25, 2019 8:17 a.m.

    This is not the end. This is just the end of the Mueller Investigation.

    Everybody expects Democrats to continue the same tactics they have employed since the day Trump was announced the winner.

    This isn't the end. Adam Schiff is already talking about a subpoena for Robert Mueller. Mueller is getting death threats. He just did his job.

    While Mueller has categorical ruled out campaign collusion with Russia, he left the door open for a case on obstruction of justice.

    The problem with Proving Obstruction conclusively is... you have to prove the person's intent.
    Not just timing, or how it looks. It requires reading the mind of the person.

    Presidents can and do replace FBI directors all the time. Especially when a new President takes office. Proving Trump did it to end the Mueller Investigation is hard. Especially hard to prove because he let the Mueller Investigation run to completion and never once tried to end it like Chuck Todd kept telling the American people he was going to do.

    Getting enough senators to vote guilty on this? Probably not.

    But it's not the end. Democrats have more tricks up their sleeves. Tricks Rs will use on the next President I bet.

  • TheRealDJT Sandy, UT
    March 25, 2019 8:06 a.m.

    @Mad Hatter:
    "Fox News, huh? Do you mean the political network created by Roger Ailes for Rupert Murdoch that was more partisan entertainment than actual news?"

    Just because you don't like what you hear onFox News does not mean it is "partisan". It seems biased to Lefties because they hear things they never hear on CNN: both sides of a story.

    The simple fact remains that throughout this entire investigation Fox News has been the one that is simply "most factually accurate".

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 25, 2019 8:04 a.m.

    The Democrats have exposed themselves with this "investigation" and have made fools of themselves in front of the entire world! Even the Russians are laughing at them!

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    March 25, 2019 7:54 a.m.

    The investigation is over.
    There was no collusion.
    There was no obstruction of justice.

    None. Zero. Zip. Nada. It did not happen. It is entirely a hateful delusion from the Trump-hating Left.

    Now, I know the Left wants to pick-over the bones of the carcass of the investigation, but it is a violation of privacy to release information that did not lead to any crime. Remember that many Trump-haters were interviewed and there were many motivated to say derogatory things, and some are even already convicted of lying. If Trump is not above the law, then certainly he is also not beneath the basic protections of the law. We really do not have any right to see all the details of Mueller's investigation. It is a confidential investigation that revealed there simply was **no crime**.

    The Left obvious still desperately wants to pull any strings they can find. It is still a Witch-Hunt.

  • Maximus Meridius Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    How can this be possible? CNN, MSNBC, and the Dems have been telling us for over two years that there was Russian collusion. Hundreds of stories, hundreds of experts, and countless Democrats including all the current presidential presidential candidates have told us that there was a mountain of evidence confirming the Russian collusion. Russia, Russia Russia. Now we find what most of us have suspected all along.....no evidence at all. NO Russian collusion! The national media in this country is a shameful discrace!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 25, 2019 6:32 a.m.

    Do Trump advocates fear the American legal system, misunderstand it, or simply want it abolished to benefit their leader? A legitimate inquiry was begun. In an abbreviated interpretation of the Mueller investigation, the Attorney General tells us that no evidence of Russian/Trump campaign coordination was discovered. The President appears exonerated in his claim that his campaign did not coordinate with a foreign entity. In other words, the system worked.

    (Apparently, there are other substantial questions unanswered in the Mueller report, but we have to wait to see how the Attorney General addresses those issues.)

    Secondly is it fundamentally unAmerican to go after your critics, demanding they be fired or worse? The President has demanded that his tormentors and opponents during this process face extreme sanctions. Is retribution how we want the American political system to work? One would think vindication with the inevitable victory laps that this President will make would be enough.

    Thirdly, this is hardly the end of the process of inspecting the actions of the President. Again, let the legal process work and the chips fall where they may.

  • Justmythoughts Provo, UT
    March 25, 2019 6:20 a.m.

    Best Democrat melt down since election night 2016. Fun to watch.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 25, 2019 5:10 a.m.

    Trump didn't conspire with a foreign adversary to manipulate an election? I find that good news, but then this is the low bar we have for this guy. To me, the more plausible explanation all along was that he was simply using Russian interference to his advantage, as someone would do if they see no ethical boundaries.

    As for the obstruction charge, I wish Atty. Gen. Barr hadn't put his thumb on the scale. As best I can tell, he didn't need to, nor was it his place. Mueller wasn't going to indict and the next step for consideration isn't the AG's office, but Congress. So why insert yourself and unnecessarily raise legitimate questions of partisanship (given how he came to be on Trump's radar)?

    So I'm exasperated at that. Right now it feels like the last thing one would do if you were thinking about the nation's interest (which is who Barr is supposed to be serving). But we don't have all the facts yet, and the people whose judgment I have most confidence in continue to say that Mueller, Barr, and Rosenstein are people of integrity. So I'll reserve final judgment until we get the whole story. But, man, I wish he hadn't done that.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2019 2:26 a.m.

    "The long answer is that the deep state is capable of attempting a coup without being punished for it. That needs to be fixed."

    Yes, it absolutely does. Members of the media/entertainment/socialist Democrat complex have committed actual treason. We must identify the Gadiantons in our midst and bring them to justice.

    Personally, I have le

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    March 25, 2019 12:50 a.m.

    n8ive american - Shelley, Idaho
    March 24, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    "@Joe Leaphorn - Scottsdale, AZ
    March 24, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    "As per the LA Times, NY Times and others, Democrats claim that they will subpoena Mueller to make sure there was no presidential interference in the probe. There will be an investigation into the investigation. Try searching latest news reports."

    There is no plan to subpoena Robert Mueller. Calling him before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions Democrats may have about his report is not an investigation. Perhaps you meant to say clarification. Since no one outside of William Barr, Rod Rosenstein and members of the Mueller investigation team have read the report, all we have is Barr's condensed summary.

    Hopefully you will read the report in its entirety and recognize that there is no "investigation into the investigator". What we have may be a requirement for explaination and better understanding of what has not as yet been made available to the public. For example, there is insufficient evidenct to determine collusion, but there is no statement of exoneration. What does that mean to you? Mueller only gathered the facts; he made no determination.

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    March 25, 2019 12:37 a.m.

    oldbasketball - Draper, UT
    March 24, 2019 7:22 p.m.

    "This does not come as a surprise to any of us who watch FOX news where they actually get the facts before they report them."

    Fox News, huh? Do you mean the political network created by Roger Ailes for Rupert Murdoch that was more partisan entertainment than actual news? The network that has become Donald Trump's mouthpiece where he bloviates about his thoughts and opinions?

    Let's understand one another, OK? Fox is to news what Trump is to intellectual curiosity This is an old trope that has been rattling around since Fox was created in 1996. Fox doesn't do news. "Fair and Balanced" was a marketing idea to sell it to conservative viewers. There's never been anything "fair and balanced" about Fox and Ailes never intended that.

    He wasn't a news guy and didn't invest in journalists. He wanted people who thought and agreed with him on everything. Perhaps you should read the book by Gabriel Sherman: 'The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a Country' and see this all in context. Fox was never supposed to be a news network like CNN. It was to push a right-wing agenda.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 25, 2019 12:36 a.m.

    "After issuing 2,800 subpoenas and 500 search warrants, interviewing 500 witnesses, employing former Hillary Clinton aides, 40 FBI agents and 19 lawyers, and spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, Robert Mueller concluded unequivocally, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." ---And yet politicians and media did lie to the American people everyday for two years that Trump was a Russian spy agent and did collude with them. Crazy, but some folks will still believe media reporting without question.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 10:48 p.m.

    Pragmatistferlife: “If you read the notes and definitions Trump and the boys got lucky. They were more than willing to meet with Russians 100 times during the campaign but the Russians actually had nothing to collude with.”

    You have so grossly misunderstood this that you managed to get it exactly backwards. From the report summary: “…Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”

    The exact opposite of what you have stated is the reality.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 10:14 p.m.

    Barr did what Dear Leader hired him to do. Nothing more or less.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    March 24, 2019 8:58 p.m.

    Goldstein 84-Right, I'm sure you would read every bit of documentation that it took Mueller two years to compile. And by the way, how can you obstruct justice when there never was a crime to begin with? It was an investigation looking for a crime. That is not what our system of justice is about. You have to have a crime to investigate to begin with.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    March 24, 2019 7:22 p.m.

    This does not come as a surprise to any of us who watch FOX news where they actually get the facts before they report them. If you have been watching fake news cnn and msnbc then you must be really shocked. Those cable news stations should fire every single one of their employees who have been pushing the Russian Collusion theory for it seems like an eternity.,

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    March 24, 2019 7:05 p.m.

    Truthczar - Colorado Springs, CO
    March 24, 2019 6:04 p.m.

    "A big waste of time; a bigger waste of money."

    One of Donald Trump's favorite tactics is to repeat some falsehood over and over until his people start to believe it. In this case, the word is "exoneration". William Burr, in his released summary of the Mueller report, said that Robert Mueller didn't find sufficient evidence to prove conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt, but that Trump wasn't exonerated by the investigation. Understand what that means. There wasn't the evidence to lead to an indictment, but neither did the findings establish that he was not guilty of conspiracy. There's a big difference and you must pay attention to the phasing of the statement.

    The Trump campaign may not have been actively involved in asking for negative information on Hillary Clinton to swing the election in Trump's favor, but they may have been very aware of what was going on and didn't move to stop it. In other words, they liked all the help they got. However, we still don't know what was discussed at the Trump Tower meeting or any of the meetings Trump had with Vladimir Putin.

    Insufficient evidence is just that. Insufficient.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 6:53 p.m.

    Hard to see why Trump fans are so joyous about this. All we've been given is a "summary" by a Trump crony (Barr) doing what his boss expected of him.

    The full report is no doubt far more nuanced and ambiguous. Mueller refused to give an opinion regarding Trump's guilt or innocence on the obstruction of justice part. Barr himself admitted that the report "does not exonerate" Trump.

    The only way to clear up the confusion is for each of us to be allowed to read it and draw our own conclusions. Will Trump and his team let that happen? We'll see.

  • Truthczar Colorado Springs, CO
    March 24, 2019 6:04 p.m.

    A big waste of time; a bigger waste of money.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 24, 2019 5:44 p.m.

    Best way to drain the swamp?

    Investigate Congress, DOJ, and the FBI in the same manner Trump has been.

  • fani wj, UT
    March 24, 2019 5:33 p.m.

    We didn't need an investigation with $25 mil price tag to know there was no collusion. That is the sad truth because anyone that paid attention to how this got started it was very clear from the very beginning that politics played a major role in using the fake dossier to kick start the whole investigations.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 24, 2019 5:22 p.m.

    What did the report say? None of us know. We have 4 pages that two Trump appointee's wrote in less than 48 hrs. that summarizes their opinions on two years and hundreds of thousands of documents generated by the Mueller team. They said that their was not enough proof of planned effort to collude with the Russians. Far from innocent, far from no wrong doing. Mueller did not reach a conclusion, again these are Trump appointee's came to these conclusions. The AG was at least honest enough to say that this document did not exonerate the President from wrong doing.

    Still lots of things left to learn about what the President, his children and his operatives did or didn't do in relation to Russian contacts and other potential illegal activities. This was good news for the President and of course he claimed victory before the end of the game. Let's see what the other jurisdictions find, and if this proves he is innocent, then he should demand that the entirety of the Mueller Report be released so that we can all see his innocence.

  • Onion Daze Payson, UT
    March 24, 2019 5:16 p.m.

    There is a big difference between being "innocent" and "not guilty under the law". The two are not the same.

    The obstruction of justice issue probably falls into the "not guilty under the law" category??

    Hardly a "nothing burger". There are a few guys going to prison.

  • Fat Chance St George, UT
    March 24, 2019 5:00 p.m.

    We told you so!

  • sman columbia, MS
    March 24, 2019 4:29 p.m.

    They should investigate the origins of the dossier. Where it came from who financed it. Who lied to the fisa courts. And they should be held accountable.

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    March 24, 2019 4:25 p.m.

    Now that this Witch Hunt ,Hog Wash and Smoke Screen is finally over , how long will it take to indict and charge Hillary Clinton with at the very least Treason against this Country which was the only thing that has been found to be true during the course of this investigation ! This Country should be ashamed of the lack of respect that President Trump has been given by the liberals and the media !!

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    March 24, 2019 4:18 p.m.

    Is is nothing but hateful Politics.

    Dems basically promised if Mueller could complete his report then they would be satisfied. Now they are again changing their position as well as the crime that Trump would be charged with.

    No "conspiracy to collude / coordinate with Russia" has been proven by Mueller. If their was any evidence to support it his team of highly partisan investigators would have found it. Too bad they didnt look at Hillarys campaign at the same time. Just becuase you pay someone else to work with Russia doesnt make you less responsible.

    I know it is not over but it should be.

  • Silver Stingray St George, UT
    March 24, 2019 4:14 p.m.

    Lots of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Democratic Party today. Oh the humanity!

  • Flipphone , 00
    March 24, 2019 4:00 p.m.

    A very bad day for Democrats.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 24, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    @Joe Leaphorn - Scottsdale, AZ
    March 24, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    As per the LA Times, NY Times and others, Democrats claim that they will subpoena Mueller to make sure there was no presidential interference in the probe. There will be an investigation into the investigation. Try searching latest news reports.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    March 24, 2019 3:45 p.m.

    Looks like hillary, msnbc and cnn all just lost on their own in 2016. lol

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    March 24, 2019 3:29 p.m.

    We all knew nothing happened 2 1/2 years ago, so there's no surprise here. It'll be interesting to see what the dems come up with next. Trump by a landslide 2020.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 24, 2019 3:25 p.m.

    What appears to be missing here is the report on illegal activity within the government. Surely Mueller could see an FBI and DOJ out to insure that Trump not take office.

    A government confederate with the DNC and Fusion GPS to use a false campaign investigation as the basis for wiretapping digging into the lives of citizens.

    What about sting operations planted in the Trump campaign to create false evidence of a back-channel?

    The short answer is that Mueller lived in that same regulatory state his entire career and could not (or would not) see what was going on.

    The long answer is that the deep state is capable of attempting a coup without being punished for it. That needs to be fixed.

    Instead, the anti-Trump campaign will continue in an effort to limit the effect of his reforms, and hoping to end his presidency by November 2020 at the latest.

  • Demosthenes Rexburg, ID
    March 24, 2019 3:14 p.m.

    The Mueller report findings mean that every hour of reporting by several major news organizations over the past 2 years was full of false accusations, lies, distortions, unnamed sources -- in other words, "fake news." It will be telling to see how much of that continues.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    March 24, 2019 3:07 p.m.

    Big note. The report said no collusion with Russia. No coordination with Russia, the DNC hacking and Trump campaign. Now can the ani trumpers apologize for that part of the fake news assaults.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    March 24, 2019 3:06 p.m.

    In non-governmental circles, this would have been considered filing a false police report and the suspect would be charged with a crime. But, since this was nothing more than a political hit job by people who wanted to stage a coup under the color of government protection, nothing will be done. Those who pushed the obviously fake dossier will get away to try something else another time.

    What I find amazing (although I shouldn't) is that the Democrats own hatchet man couldn't find anything even smelling of collusion yet they are not satisfied. They will continue wasting valuable time and money on useless, pointless congressional "investigations." Grow up, get over it and do something worthwhile to help the country, not hinder the country.

  • mohokat , 00
    March 24, 2019 2:52 p.m.

    Mini explosions everywhere. Liberal heads are exploding. $25million nothing burger. Well done Dems. Well done. LOL!

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    March 24, 2019 2:52 p.m.

    This is like the guy who’s been trash-talking a movie for months giving a 1 minute “summary” and saying “don’t go see it.”

    Barr was hired to protect Trump. I don’t care what he says, because he’s already made it clear he won’t act no matter what.

    The full report needs to go to Congress and then to the American people.

    I trust Mueller. I don’t trust Barr.

  • byufootballrocks Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:49 p.m.

    So what we knew all along is true:

    This whole farce investigation and the media's attempt to tar and feather this president was nothing more than a transparent attempt to delegitimize the 2016 election.

    It was all a hoax.

    There never was any Russian collusion, and Attorney General Barr makes clear that no case would be made against this president for obstruction of justice either - another media canard.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:48 p.m.

    Anybody could have told you that a long long time ago... and millions of dollars ago

    Can’t drain the DC swamp fast enough

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 24, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    Based on his investigations, Mr Mueller and his team did not find coordination or collusion with the Russian efforts to influence the election. Okay, unless something new erupts, this issue is somewhat dead.

    Based on his investigations, Mr Mueller and his team did not come to any conclusions about obstructions of justice. Perhaps other issues as well. However, this does not mean that there is no "there, there". Merely that his team was conflicted on indictments or did not possess a complete assessment for either conclusion. In other words, it is still an open question.

    Now, what else is in that report? And what referrals have been made to the appropriate Government Attorneys to pursue investigations not connected to the focus of the Special Prosecutor? These two questions are quite relevant, perhaps more so than we know at this moment.

    Just because the President, his family and his associates are not now connected to collusion with the obvious Russian efforts to get Trump elected in 2016, does not necessarily mean the entire affair is dead. Nor that other looks into his other questionable acts merit vindication of Trump.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:35 p.m.

    One of the shortest investigations we’ve had in awhile. Has Mueller generated enough billing cycles?

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:36 p.m.

    Impartial7: "You would think that Trump...would be leading the charge to release the entire report that exonerates him-right?"

    You have a basic misunderstanding of how the justice system works. Beyond the Privacy Act and restrictions on releasing classified material and grand-jury testimony, the Department of Justice, the FBI and special prosecutors DO NOT exonerate people. They indict and prosecute people. If they can't, they do nothing at all.

    The American justice system assumes innocence until proven guilty. If someone is investigated but not charged, they have the presumption of innocence. If someone is charged but not convicted, they retain their innocence.

    So Trump has been innocent of colluding with Russia all along. Because no charges were brought, he is still innocent. Of course many of us predicted this from the outset, but who cares about wasting two years and tens of millions of dollars if it will satisfy the democrats, right? No. They will not be satisfied. Now they want an additional source from which to slander Trump.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    This only answers some questions.
    Trump is facing many investigations and lawsuits that will each have to be resolved. We do not know if he is guilty of tax evasion, violating the emoluments clause, violating federal election laws, charitable foundation laws, and many other things.

    The important thing is that all of the truth comes out about all of these things whether the truth favors Trump or doesn't. It shouldn't be about pleasing parties or individuals but about getting at the truth and making the truth public.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:20 p.m.

    Then just release the report if it's nothing that bad (i.e. similar to how the Clinton email thing led to no charges but critique of poor judgement).

  • Robroy Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:19 p.m.

    How embarrassing for the Dems and the communication arm of their party. Broadcasters at CNN, MSNBC, and the others should be ashamed of the two years and hundreds of stories full of lies that they are responsible for. They are a complete discrace.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    March 24, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    If you read the notes and definitions Trump and the boys got lucky. They were more than willing to meet with Russians 100 times during the campaign but the Russians actually had nothing to collude with.

    The finding of no obstruction rests on definitions also (if no crime how can you obstruct?). That's Barr's conclusion, Mueller completely punted. He specifically said we aren't charging but that does not exonerate either.

    This makes Pelosi look genius by putting on the brakes around impeachment.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    March 24, 2019 1:44 p.m.

    n8ive american - Shelley, Idaho
    March 24, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    "Now they want the investigator investigated because he did his job and found nothing therefore, he must have done something wrong."

    Who wants and investigation of the investigator? We've not heard or read this, so tell us who?

    And how can you say the investigators "found nothing". Nothing has come out so far to the public. So, how do you know?

    Or is this typical smoke and mirrors nonsense?

  • opinion 47 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    March 24, 2019 11:47 a.m.

    @impartial7

    umm.. Trump did lead the charge and wants the the findings to be made public with full transparency. He has actually mentioned this several times via his twitter account . Perhaps you guys have been watching CNN or MSNBC because those networks don’t report what he actually says. Also Trump could have but did not fire Mueller even though he could have. Please educate yourselves and go out vote!

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 24, 2019 9:41 a.m.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    Except they won't.

    Now they want the investigator investigated because he did his job and found nothing therefore, he must have done something wrong.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 24, 2019 9:15 a.m.

    You would think that Trump, if he's as pure as he claims to be, would be leading the charge to release the entire report that exonerates him-right? Unless, he's been less than honest with the American public.