DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Special counsel Robert Mueller found no proof that President Trump colluded with Russia, and did not reach a conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice, according to Attorney General William Barr.
Now that summary findings have been released, what does it mean? And what happens next?
Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, Director of the Center of Political Studies at Cedarville University, joined 2 NEWS Monday to discuss the report.
Mueller, after his two-year long investigation, could not say for sure if Trump committed any obstruction of justice.
Dr. Smith says Mueller may have wanted someone else, such as Attorney General Barr or Congress, to make the final call.
“I think some of it is, he wants to get the Attorney General, or Congress, to make the final decision on this. It’s also true, I think, that he probably has evidence on both sides,” he said.
He adds that the most beneficial thing to help the country move on from the investigation would be to release the full report as opposed to the summary that Barr has released.
“I don’t think this is going to end anything. I think we’re going to see more investigations, I think, from the House of Representatives. Republicans are declaring a total victory, but this isn’t a total victory. I don’t think at the end of the day this is going to change peoples’ perceptions of Mr. Trump,” says Dr. Smith.