Special counsel Robert Mueller's report finally saw the light of day, although with heavy redactions -- but it still delivered plenty of bombshells.
The Department of Justice issued Mueller's report on Thursday, after Attorney General William Barr told reporters again the investigation had found no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
The attorney general also said he disagreed with Mueller's legal theories regarding 10 episodes of possible obstruction of justice -- but the special counsel made clear the president had not been cleared of that.
Here are some of the biggest bombshells to fall out of the report in the first hour of its release:
Trump panicked after deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel, following the president's firing of FBI director James Comey.
Trump’s reported reaction when he was told Mueller was appointed: “This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” https://t.co/J1AN9SGM7O— Dan Diamond (@Dan Diamond) 1555600452.0
Mueller could not find enough evidence that Donald Trump Jr. was smart enough to realize he was breaking the law by accepting Russian assistance for his father's campaign.
don jr: too stupid to understand when he's doing crimes https://t.co/gzzmFOb8S9— Ashley Feinberg (@Ashley Feinberg) 1555602296.0
Hope Hicks thought Trump Jr.’s emails regarding his efforts to set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer looked "really bad," but Trump told her to cover them up.
Important. Hope Hicks wanted to disclose that Russians had offered Don Jr. information helpful to the campaign.… https://t.co/6uyQocH04t— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1555605451.0
Hicks was in contact with a Russian the day after the election who wanted to put Trump in touch with Vladimir Putin, and she relayed that request to Jared Kushner.
Hope Hicks to Kushner, according to Mueller: “Can you look into this? Don’t want to get duped but don’t want to blo… https://t.co/KBNDk4zFWD— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Adrian Carrasquillo) 1555602296.0
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort expected his associate Konstantin Kilimnik, who has suspected ties to Russian intelligence, to share internal campaign data with an oligarch to whom he owed millions and others in Ukraine.
MUELLER: MANAFORT "expected" his Russian-intel-linked deputy KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK to share internal TRUMP campaign p… https://t.co/nZ39kClUVL— Kenneth P. Vogel (@Kenneth P. Vogel) 1555600795.0
Trump signaled to former national security adviser Mike Flynn that he might pardon him, and asked for a warning before testifying against him.
Mueller report states Trump personal counsel sent a message to Flynn attorney’s reminding him of the president’s wa… https://t.co/a2s7LqDWKA— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Adrian Carrasquillo) 1555604199.0
Trump instructed Rosenstein to add a line clearing him on Russia in the memo he was drafting to justify Comey's firing.
Incredible. Mueller report says Trump instructed Rosenstein to put something clearing him on Russia in memo he was… https://t.co/GDdeh3NW8a— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1555603469.0
Mueller's team found Comey's account credible about Trump's demand for loyalty, and dismissed the president's denials as untrue.
Whoa! Mueller report sides with Comey's account of the demand for "loyalty" dinner, saying there's "substantial evi… https://t.co/TRa0xbc1ae— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1555601888.0
Trump tried to obstruct justice on multiple occasions, but his underlings refused to carry out his corrupt requests.
Mueller: “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely beca… https://t.co/HcPkBlaBi7— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic) 1555601158.0
Therefore, Mueller's investigators lacked the confidence to clear the president on obstruction of justice.
welp https://t.co/ZZdF7gVluN— Charlie Warzel (@Charlie Warzel) 1555600984.0
Mueller believed he had the authority to issue a grand jury subpoena for Trump -- but knew it would delay the investigation.
Mueller report: "While we believed we had the authority and legal justification to issue a grand jury subpoena" to… https://t.co/RqwbODEzOq— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian) 1555601255.0