Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russian Federation probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
"The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", the attorney general told reporters.
And referring to possible charges that the president obstructed justice, Mueller writes that "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".
Democrat Jerry Nadler accused William Barr of failing to let "the facts speak for themselves" over his plans to hold a news conference before the release.
Claiming that Barr has been working to hamper and whitewash the Russian Federation report, Democrats will push for still more details and testimony in the near future - including from Mueller himself. This is awful. This is the end of my presidency. The nation, Congress and Trump's White House consumed it voraciously - online, via a compact disc delivered to legislators and in loose-leaf binders distributed to reporters.
He explained Trump's hostile behavior during the drama as the result of a president who was "frustrated and angered".
"Oh my god, this is awful", Trump said, according to the report.
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The president's opponents said that difference was evidence that Mr Barr, who was appointed by Mr Trump, chose to defend him rather than apply the law as he was bound by duty to do.
Democrats have demanded the full, unredacted report be made public to get a clearer picture of Mueller's investigation and conduct Congressional oversight. Restoring the public's trust in the integrity of the probe into possible connections between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign requires testimony by Mueller as soon as possible, they said.
The report also detailed in exhaustive fashion efforts that Trump made to shut down or impede the Mueller investigation.
The New York Times reported earlier Wednesday that the Justice Department had discussed the report with the White House on several occasions in the lead-up to Thursday.
As for the question of whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Mueller wrote, "While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges".
Democrats said they would push for Mr Mueller to testify in Congress to hear his views of the conduct of people who came under scrutiny during the investigation. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in May 2017.
Mr Mueller confirmed that Donald Trump's son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort met in NY on June 9, 2016 - less than five months before election day - with a Russian lawyer to try to obtain "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary".
Trump called McGahn at home and ordered him to dismiss Mueller, but McGahn balked. Trump had recently fired his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose contacts with Russian officials during the transition raised suspicions of collusions between Russia and those in Trump's orbit.