Minutes after the Justice Department publicly released on Thursday a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-plus-page report detailing his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to reiterate his nearly three-year-old claim of “no collusion.”
While the report — which has several pages blacked out — struggled to find criminal activity in direct relation to Trump, it still has not exonerated the president.
Trump, hosting a Wounded Warrior Project event at the White House on Thursday, nevertheless claimed victory.
“I’m having a good day, too,” Trump said. “It’s called no collusion, no obstruction.”
However, in addition to several instances of eyebrow-raising revelations, the report found that “in some instances, the [Trump] campaign was receptive” to Russian offers of help in the presidential election, according to the report.
The special counsel also found that the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
Despite Democrats’ call for the Justice Department to immediately release the entire report to lawmakers — without redactions — Attorney General William Barr has maintained since the report was submitted to him on March 22 that certain information had to be removed to protect grand jury material, intelligence sources and methods and ongoing investigations.