The Kremlin says the Mueller report has not presented any evidence that it meddled in US elections, and President Donald Trump claimed vindication after the release of the long-awaited redacted document.
Russia’s foreign ministry said on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
There is “no evidence substantiated by any facts” that Russia interfered in the election and Moscow rejects the accusations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Trump called the investigation “a hoax” and said there had been “no collusion, no obstruction,” soon after the report was released on Thursday.
On Friday he referred to the document as” the Crazy Mueller Report” and said it contained “fabricated & totally untrue” statements about him.
After a 22-month probe Mueller concluded Trump’s team did not conspire with Moscow, but documented numerous contacts between members of Trump’s circle and Russia and that the campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.
It stated that Russia did interfere with the election.
“Russia’s two principal interference operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election — the social media campaign and the hacking-and-dumping operations — violated U.S. criminal law.”
Mueller also wrote in his report, “While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.”
The report also said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge any campaign officials with working as an unregistered foreign agent of Russia.
In terms of whether the president obstructed justice, Mueller did not come to a conclusion, leaving that to the US legislature.