Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation did not find sufficient evidence to establish that President Trump or his aides coordinated with the Russian government on interference in the 2016 United States election. Attorney General William P. Barr made public this and other key findings on Sunday, though the full report has not been publicly released. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr wrote in his summary of Mueller’s findings.
Although Mueller is not recommending additional indictments at this time, legal experts argue that Mueller’s investigative findings may nonetheless provide grounds for criminal prosecution of Trump after he leaves office. Depending on the full contents of Mueller’s report, the report may also serve as a catalyst for impeachment proceedings. For the time being, however, Trump and his supporters are celebrating the report as a win and confirmation that he did not engage in obstruction of justice. Joining
to discuss the legal implications of the Mueller report is Yoni Appelbaum. Appelbaum is a senior editor at
, where he oversees the ideas section.