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Trump’s collusion nightmare is finally over

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS - The summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report submitted to Congress on Sunday by Attorney General William Barr can only be described as a significant win for U.S. President Donald Trump. Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign coordinated with or colluded with Russian efforts to subvert the 2016 election. And Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice.

On top of that, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined separately that there isn’t enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.

House Democrats will no doubt keep investigating Trump. And we must not forget that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has already implicated Trump in campaign-finance felonies. Those potential crimes, which were not part of Mueller’s report, could theoretically be grounds for impeachment and criminal charges — or at least enough for the Democrats to keep investigations going until the November 2020 election.

But when Trump claims total vindication by Mueller on the Russia issue, he isn’t lying. He’s offering a defensible interpretation of the Mueller report as summarized by Barr. The summary suggests a report that doesn’t sustain most of the most serious Russia-related charges that have been imagined to lie against the president.

The first section of the report as summarized tells us that Russia indeed tried to influence the 2016 elections in favor of........

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