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CNN Analyzes Mueller Findings: ‘The President Has Just Been Exonerated’

After Attorney General William Barr submitted a letter to Congress summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report, a CNN panel analyzed its findings, with one panelist pointing out that the president has been exonerated.

According to the letter, which was released by Rep. Jerry Nadler, a Democratic from New York, Mueller said he found did not find sufficient evidence of conspiracy between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia to charge him with a crime.

On the topic of obstruction of justice, Mueller declined to reach a legal conclusion, leaving that decision to the attorney general.

Mueller, according to Barr, wrote about obstruction: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Despite that, CNN’s Pamela Brown argued the report is a legal exoneration of the president: “Can we just take a step back and focus on the fact that this is a nearly two year investigation that has swirled around the president since day one of his presidency,” she said. “And he has just been exonerated.”

Brown later added that “for the president’s purposes, for his team’s purposes, he’s been exonerated.”

CNN’s Dana Bash pointed out that the letter said Mueller found no Trump campaign member guilty of conspiring with the Russians in their efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

“It is, in fairness, what the president has been saying,” Bash added.

CNN crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz said Trump’s legal team should be “so thrilled” with Mueller’s report.

“This is a win for this president, who now for two years has essentially been screaming, there was no Russian collusion,” Prokupecz said. “He is backed up by Mueller.”

Over at NBC News, reporter Ken Delanian agreed, writing in a tweet: “this is a total legal exoneration of the president. Congress will want to know more, of course. But the topline: No conspiracy, no obstruction.”

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