Mueller said three weeks ago he wouldn't reach decision on obstruction: Justice official

By Sarah N. Lynch

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller informed top U.S. Justice Department officials three weeks ago that he would not be reaching a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump had obstructed justice during the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a U.S. Justice official said Monday.

The decision by Mueller not to reach a determination was "unexpected," the person added, speaking anonymously in order to discuss private conversations involving U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who received the news.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)