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Donald Trump calls Mueller report ‘complete exoneration’

March 24, 2019

President Trump gloated Sunday after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia in 2016, saying it was “shame” the country went through it.

He also went into attack mode, saying someone needs to take a look at people who put him through the ordeal.

“This was an illegal takedown that failed, and hopeful somebody’s going to be looking at the other side,” Mr. Trump told reporters in Florida. “It’s complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction.”

Mr. Trump made the brief statement before he boarded Air Force One for the trip back to D.C.

He was reacting to Attorney General William Barr’s summary of Mr. Mueller’s findings, which found no collusion with Russia but left the decision on obstruction of justice to Mr. Barr, who said he doesn’t see enough evidence of a crime to pursue charges.

Mr. Trump disregarded the part of the summary that said Mr. Mueller couldn’t exonerate him on obstruction.

“It was a complete and total exoneration,” Mr. Trump said.

The president rued the length and extent of the probe, which dominated the airwaves during the first two years of his presidency.

“After a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side, where a lot of bad things happened, a lot of horrible things happened ... it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia,” he said.