The Mueller report into Russia』s election meddling has been published, shortly after William Barr, the US attorney-general, revealed that it discusses 「10 episodes」 involving possible obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.
穆勒調查俄羅斯干涉美國大選的報告已經公布，此前美國司法部長威廉•巴爾(William Barr)透露，該報告探討了唐納德•特朗普(Donald Trump)可能妨礙司法的「10起事件」。
The attorney-general said Robert Mueller had found 「no collusion」 between Mr Trump or his presidential campaign and Russia, echoing the defence Mr Trump has frequently made against a probe that he called a 「witch hunt」.
The report revealed how Mr Trump viewed the appointment of Mr Mueller as special counsel. When then attorney-general Jeff Sessions told him during an Oval Office meeting in May 2017 that Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney-general, had appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel, Mr Trump responded: 「Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I』m fucked」.
報告揭示了特朗普是如何看待穆勒被任命為特別檢察官的。2017年5月，時任司法部長的傑夫•塞申斯(Jeff Sessions)在橢圓形辦公室的一次會議上告訴他，司法部副部長羅德•羅森斯坦(Rod Rosenstein)已任命穆勒為特別檢察官，特朗普當時的反應是：「我的天吶。這太可怕了。我的總統任期到此結束了。我完蛋了。」
Mr Trump also lashed out at Mr Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, saying, 「How could you let this happen, Jeff?」
Mr Barr said at a press conference that the Mueller report examines the 10 instances of potential obstruction and 「discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offence」.
As he had last month in a four-page outline of the report, Mr Barr said the special counsel made no determination about whether Mr Trump had tried to obstruct justice. The attorney-general concluded that Mr Trump had not obstructed justice based on his reading of the report.
In defending Mr Trump, Mr Barr said the president had 「non-corrupt motives」 for any acts that could be construed as obstruction of justice, adding that Mr Trump had faced 「an unprecedented situation」 when he entered office.
「As the special counsel』s report acknowledges, there is substantial evidence to show that the president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fuelled by illegal leaks,」 said Mr Barr.
Mr Barr said the special counsel』s investigation had established that the Russian interference in the 2016 election 「did not have the co-operation of President Trump or the Trump campaign」.
On the question of the hacked Democratic emails that were published through WikiLeaks, the attorney-general said Mr Mueller did not find that any associates of the Trump campaign 「illegally participated」 in the dissemination of the material.
Democrats criticised Mr Barr for holding a press conference before the release, saying that it was an attempt to provide spin, instead of substance, in relation to the nearly 400-page document.
After the press conference, Mr Trump tweeted an image of himself looking into the distance, with the words 「No Collusion. No Obstruction. For the Haters and the Radical Left Democrats — GAME OVER」 spread across the image.
The president』s legal team released a statement after the report』s publication, saying that the results of the investigation were a 「total victory」 for Mr Trump. 「The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning — there was no collusion — there was no obstruction.」