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Attorney General Bill Barr is set to hold a press conference about the still-unreleased Mueller report shortly. Follow along for a video thread.
In introductory statement, Barr acknowledges Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but claims "the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign, or the knowing assistance of any other American."
BARR: "The special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government or the IRS in this illegal scheme... the special counsel found no collusion."
Barr justifies his call (w/Rosenstein) to clear Trump of obstruction: "Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered office & sought to perform his responsibilities, prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct... yet, as he said from the beginning, there was no collusion."
Barr claims the White House was not involved in the process of redacting the Mueller report
NOTABLE: Barr confirms that the White House was given a redacted version of the Mueller report before its public release.
A Fox News reporter asks Barr about a possible investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, because of course. Barr doesn't take the bait.
REPORTER: A judge has expressed concerns about your redactions. POTUS is fundraising on your remarks about 'spying.' What do you say to folks who are concerned you're trying to protect the president?

BARR: I'm not sure what you're basis is for saying I'm being generous to POTUS.
REPORTER: Is it an impropriety for you to come out and sort of spin the report before people are able to read it?

BARR: No.

*walks away*
Why Bill Barr's press conference was a farce, in one moment vox.com/2019/4/18/1848…
Even Fox News’s Chris Wallace thought Bill Barr's defense of Trump was a bit odd vox.com/policy-and-pol…
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