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It does not really matter what Mueller said. We will the see the filtered and manipulated version by Barr. That’s what he did in the letter today. How many people will read or listen to the actual report by Mueller? They will see the Barr version and shrug. I have already seen Trump bragging at least 10 times this evening alone. Mueller’s words will be drowned out.I'd argue that none of that is actually what Mueller said.
Mueller left the question of obstruction open and Barr said there's no obstruction. But Barr thinks a President can't obstruct anyway, so that seems to have been a foregone conclusion.
Barr's letter said that the probe "did not establish" that Trump or members of his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia. Does that mean that it didn't happen or simply that Mueller found nothing that proved that it happened? What it definitely does not do is answer why so many Trump people met with Russians and why they all lied about it.
There are a couple of links in my post 2,585 that address how difficult it is to prove intelligence cases and that most of the time what happens is not illegal.
I believe that is why Democrats are arguing so fiercely to see the full report.
Mueller also concluded that Trump didn't commit a crime but stated that it does not exonerate him.
Some opinions on that https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/24/trump-mueller-legal-226111
Here's what I found to be an interesting op-ed by someone arguing (back in 2017) that a Special Prosecutor was the wrong choice https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/a-special-prosecutor-is-not-the-answer/526662/
A few opinions/thoughts (among them, Barr used 4 quotes and they all were partial quotes, the rest were his interpretations).
Mueller apparently considered subpoenaing Trump and deliberated with DOJ officials about it https://twitter.com/PamelaBrownCNN/status/1109941918056792064
I'm kinda feeling like we know as much as we did before Mueller investigated. I still have the same questions. (And there are still a dozen investigations into Trump, so, I'd say he's not in the clear by any means.)