Five things we've learned about the Mueller report

Significantly, however, the report also says that Mueller's investigation "also does not exonerate him".

The long-awaited report by Robert Mueller made no judgment on whether President Trump obstructed justice but William Barr, the U.S. attorney-general, said in a letter to Congress that Mr Trump would not face any charges.

But Mr Barr said that the evidence outlined in Mr Mueller's report "is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offence".

The Democratic heads of six House committees wrote a joint letter to Barr Friday, saying, "If the Special Counsel has reason to believe that the president has engaged in criminal or other serious misconduct, then the Justice Department has an obligation not to hide such information".

The primary aim of Mr Mueller's investigation was to uncover whether any Americans - including members of President Donald Trump's campaign team - conspired with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

But on Sunday, it was Robert Mueller who Trump owed for a rare bright spot in his administration.

"It's better than I expected", Rudy Giuliani said, adding that he would have a statement on the matter soon.

With the Mueller probe running its course, the various congressional investigations into possible Trump team connections with Russian Federation may enter the spotlight.

Democrats nearly immediately raised questions about the report's finding about obstruction.

They called for the full release of the report, as well as documents backing up its findings, and have promised to subpoena any information they do not get.

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.

Mueller handed in his report last Friday. The special counsel ultimately declined to "make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" as to whether the president committed obstruction of justice, leaving the decision to Barr.

The House Judiciary Committee chairman says Congress needs to hear from Barr about his decision and see "all the underlying evidence".

Several lawmakers including 2020 presidential hopefuls like senators Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker vented on Twitter, saying a mere summary by a Trump ally was insufficient.

The summary said one of the two main ways Russian Federation tried to influence the election was through the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a St. Petersburg-based "troll factory" allegedly controlled by Kremlin-connected businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. "To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this", Trump told reporters on Sunday before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida.

Six of those were former insiders in Trump's circle, and five have been convicted, including Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, his national security advisor Michael Flynn and his campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Barr's chief of staff called White House counsel Emmet Flood at 3 pm Sunday to brief him on the report to Congress.

Trump and his team still face legal risks even if the report does not find that they committed crimes, and congressional Democrats on Saturday vowed to keep looking into his activities. That makes it hard to make a case that Trump had the "corrupt intent" that would be needed to prove an obstruction charge, Barr said in his letter.

Those investigations could now shift to issues involving emoluments and potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump's business empire, especially as Trump and close allies still face federal investigations in NY.

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