Mueller report listed 10 episodes of potential obstruction — but Barr cleared Trump because of his 'non-corrupt motives'

Mueller report listed 10 episodes of potential obstruction — but Barr cleared Trump because of his 'non-corrupt motives'
William Barr/Screengrab
William Barr/Screengrab

Attorney General William Barr revealed special counsel Robert Mueller examined 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump — but he disagreed with his assessment.


Barr said the president entered the White House in an “unprecedented situation,” given the numerous investigation into his possible illegal associations with Russia during the campaign.

Barr said he and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversaw most of his investigation, “disagreed with some of the special counsel’s legal theories.”

“The president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency,” Barr said, “propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks.”

Therefore, he said, that amounted to “evidence of noncorrupt motives,” which he believes absolves the president from criminal wrongdoing.

Barr said Trump took “no act” to deprive Mueller of documents or witnesses, although he refused to sit for an interview himself, and instead submitted written responses to the special counsel’s questions.

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