Mueller report examined 10 potential obstruction of justice episodes by Trump: A-G Barr

New York: Special counsel Robert Mueller examined 10 episodes involving Donald Trump in detail when trying to determine whether the US President obstructed justice.

A redacted version of the Mueller report will be released just after 11am local time (1am AEST).

Attorney-General William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.Credit:AP

"As he entered into office, and sought to perform his responsibilities as President, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinising his conduct before and after taking office, and the conduct of some of his associates," Barr said.

"At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the President’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was in fact no collusion."

One of the 10 episodes of potential obstruction that Mueller certainly examined in detail was Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey in 2017, and whether it was connected to the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling.

In the face of an open finding from Mueller on obstruction, Barr and Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein decided there was not sufficient evidence to charge the President.

Barr said Mueller's report acknowledges that "there is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents, and fuelled by illegal leaks".

"Nonetheless, the White House fully cooperated with the special counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims," he said.

Barr also revealed that Trump's lawyers were given a copy of the Mueller report on request earlier this week.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin described Barr's press conference as an "extraordinary political commercial" for Trump.

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