CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that special counsel Robert Mueller's report finding no collusion with Russia in President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign is an "enormously significant and a huge victory for the president."
"You heard the president say over and over again: ‘no collusion, no collusion, no collusion.' And you know what?" he said. "Robert Mueller said the same thing. No collusion. That's very significant."
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Toobin's comment came during a panel on CNN's New Day about Attorney General William Barr's summary of Mueller's report, released late Sunday afternoon. Toobin also addressed the political implications of the investigation's findings.
"It's going to proceed, and the report should be released: I think everybody agrees with that," Toobin said. "Even Barr said that yesterday in the letter that he's going to try to release as much as possible. But the fact that Robert Mueller, the independent investigator, respected by everyone, said there was no collusion is enormously significant and a huge victory for the president."
CNN analyst Carl Bernstein agreed with Toobin, saying that faith in government institutions will only aid Trump.
"The American system of justice has delivered to President Trump the greatest gift of his presidency in this finding of no collusion," he said.
Barr delivered a four-page letter to Congress on Sunday stating that Mueller's report leaves "unresolved whether the president's actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction." Barr also said that "while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him" from charges of obstructing justice.
Trump called the report a "complete and total exoneration" of his actions, during a speech in Florida on Sunday.
"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," Trump said.