"To be honest, it's a shame your President had to go through since before I was even elected", he said.
A long-standing Justice Department opinion holds that federal prosecutors can not indict a sitting president - but Barr claimed in his letter that his determination was "made without regard to, and is not based on, the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president". Trump said in brief remarks to reporters. Alexei Pushkov, another senator, tweeted on Sunday evening that: "Mueller found no facts of collusion between Trump and Moscow".
Mueller, a 74-year-old veteran criminal prosecutor and former FBI chief, investigated not only possible collusion but also whether actions by Trump, including the May 2017 firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, amounted to criminal obstruction of justice.
"Attorney General Barr, who auditioned for his role with an open memorandum suggesting that the obstruction investigation was unconscionable and that a president - and that it was nearly impossible for any president to commit obstruction of justice since he's the head of the executive branch".
Democrats demanded Mueller's report be released in its entirety and raised pointed questions about how Barr had determined so quickly that the president had not obstructed justice, when Mueller had apparently left the question open. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told her caucus members over the weekend that she would reject any effort to deliver the report only in a classified fashion to congressional leaders.More news: Rocket fired into Israel from Gaza stokes fears of major clashes
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Barr said their decision was based on the evidence uncovered by Mueller and not affected by Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president can not be indicted. No redaction process will blot out Mueller's findings.
Read Attorney General Barr's entire letter below. Given Mr. Barr's public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report. He's also been implicated in a potential campaign finance violation by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who says Trump asked him to arrange the transactions.
Trump was at his Florida estate when lawmakers received the report. In addition to investigating Russian election interference, Mueller also investigated whether Trump - who fired former FBI Director James Comey after he refused to pledge loyalty to the president and who reportedly tried to fire Mueller - obstructed justice by working to interfere with the special counsel's probe.
Thirty-four people, including six Trump aides and advisers, were charged in the investigation. But his letter does contain a nod to some of the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, noting that Mueller uncovered "multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign".
That signals there might be no more criminal charges against Trump associates on the issue of whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to help ensure the Republican businessman's surprise election win against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Likewise, even though President Trump can't be indicted under DOJ rules and it appears that Donald Jr. and Ivanka won't be indicted, the findings vis-a-vis their conduct must absolutely be made public, their privacy rights be damned.
US intelligence agencies concluded shortly before Trump took office in January 2017 that Moscow meddled in the election with a campaign of email hacking and online propaganda aimed at sowing discord in the United States, hurting Clinton and helping Trump.