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After two long years of waiting, the cloud of collision with Russia has been lifted from Donald Trump.
Trump, himself, as might be expected, has been been both exultant and defiant.
Attorney General William “Bill” Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, and according to Barr, Mueller found neither collusion nor obstruction of justice after the fact.
“After a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happen, a lot of bad things happened for our country, it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia–the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard–there was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction and none whatsoever and it was a complete and total exoneration,” Trump said.
Trump’s supporters were equally pleased and delighted by the news.
“No obstruction, no collusion. The attorney general was about as explicit as you can be,” said Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. “The president has won a total and complete victory here. And only only the most bitter critics would deny him that. And any American should be very, very happy that this has been resolved this way. The only people who aren’t are people that just have bad motives.”
It hasn’t been only Trump supporters, either. Even CNN host Anderson Cooper struck a similar tone.
“It did strike me today with friends calling me, people calling me reading stuff on Twitter. It’s just how everyone sees this result through their own political lens,” Cooper said. “For those that hate the president, they’re disappointed he didn’t collude. I don’t understand. It’s good for the country and good for America our president did not collude.”