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West Palm Beach, Florida - 24 March 2019
1. Pan, Trump gets out of vehicle and walks toward reporters
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"So after a long look. 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 happened, a lot of horrible things happened. A lot of very 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. It's a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame that your president has had to go through this for before I even got elected, it began, and it began illegally. And hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side. This was an illegal take down that failed. And hopefully, somebody is going to be looking at the other side. So it's complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction. Thank you very much. Thank you."
President Donald Trump is claiming "complete and total exoneration" following the release of a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.
The president spoke before boarding Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida Sunday afternoon.
The Justice Department said Sunday that Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice, but did not come to a definitive answer.
But Attorney General William Barr says in a four-page letter to Congress that Mueller's report "does not exonerate" the president on obstruction and instead "sets out evidence on both sides of the question."
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