President Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
A summary of Mr Mueller’s report released on Sunday did not draw a conclusion as to whether Mr Trump illegally obstructed justice – not exonerating the president.
But the attorney general, William Barr, said it did not amount to an offence.
President Trump tweeted in response: “No Collusion, No Obstruction.”
Donald Trump, who has repeatedly described the inquiry as a witch hunt, said on Sunday that “it was a shame that the country had to go through this”, describing the inquiry as an “illegal takedown that failed”.
The report is the culmination of two years of investigation by Mr Mueller.
“The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed,” the letter by Attorney General William Barr to Congress says.
“The special counsel did not find that any US person or Trump campaign official conspired or knowingly co-ordinated with Russia.”
The second part of the report addresses the issue of obstruction of justice. Mr Barr’s summary says the special counsel report “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement”.
It goes on: “The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examine conduct constituted obstruction.”
The letter then quotes directly from Mr Mueller’s report: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Mr Barr says that the evidence was not sufficient “to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”.
Mr Barr ends his letter to Congress by saying he will release more from the full report, but that some of the material is subject to restrictions.
A good day for Trump
In his four-page letter to Congress, Attorney General William Barr summarizes, mostly in his own words, the conclusions of the special counsel’s investigation. In one key line, however, he directly quotes the report.
Make no mistake, today was a very good day for Mr Trump.
While a bevy of inquiries into his presidency will grind on, the shadow of Mr Mueller’s investigation – hovering over the White House since May 2017 – has been lifted.