Analyzing Attorney General Barr’s decision to not pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr's signature is seen at the end of his four page letter to U.S. congressional leaders on the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the letter was released by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2019. Photo credit: Jim Bourg/Reuters

In his letter to Congress, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed no Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential campaign. President Trump says the investigation “totally exonerated” him. But the Mueller report was more ambiguous on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice. It did not conclude that he committed a crime, nor did it exonerate him. Barr decided not to pursue obstruction charges against the president.