When news first broke in July 2017 about the now-famous Trump Tower meeting, it looked like just the caught-in-the-act moment critics thought could ensnare Donald Trump.The 20-minute gathering in Manhattan seemed to have everything: Donald Trump Jr meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. The supposed promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton. The president personally dictating parts of a statement that smacked of cover-up.Collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice \u2014Robert Mueller\u2019s twin targets \u2014all seemingly taking place right inside Trump\u2019s signature landmark, just a few months before the election. In Mueller\u2019s final report, however, the Trump Tower meeting is little more than a blip, just one of a host of incidents that drew his attention. His analysis tells the story of how Trump, his son and many of those in the White House came to escape being charged \u2014 due to the difficulty of making indictments stick and the high legal bar Mueller faced to establish criminal intent. Put simply, it\u2019s hard to catch someone red-handed committing collusion, obstruction or even campaign finance violations , no matter how suspicious or unpatriotic it might look to a legal layperson. The meeting, Mueller concluded, ultimately didn\u2019t amount to illegal collusion because the Trump campaign officials weren\u2019t well-versed in the law and the information that was promised by the Kremlin-linked lawyer didn\u2019t pan out. There\u2019s nothing illegal about meeting with a Russian with ties to Vladimir Putin, even if you\u2019re the candidate\u2019s son.If anything, the offer of valuable information on Democrat Clinton from a foreigner was a potential campaign-finance violation, but Mueller said even that would have been too hard to prove. For one thing, he would have had to show that the promised \u201cdirt\u201d was worth more than $25,000. And when it came to obstruction, Mueller said that he couldn\u2019t establish that Trump \u201cintended\u201d to prevent the special counsel from obtaining information about the meeting. Mueller spends 14 pages of his 448-page report laying out the chronology of the June 9, 2016 meeting, and an additional 10 detailing Trump\u2019s efforts to prevent the disclosure of emails related to the encounter. The gathering was the brainchild of Emin Agalarov \u2014the pop singer son of Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov who had known Trump for several years.Emin Agalarov called his then-publicist, Rob Goldstone, on June 3, 2016, and suggested setting up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer, to offer Russia\u2019s aid, according to the report. Several details about the genesis of Agalarov\u2019s idea were redacted due to a grand jury proceeding. The same day, Goldstone reportedly emailed Trump Jr to say that the Crown Prosecutor of Russia wanted to offer the Trump campaign \u201cofficial documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia,\u201d according to the report.\u201dThis is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and Its government\u2019s support for Trump \u2014 helped along by Aras and Emin,\u201d Goldstone said.Trump Jr shot back minutes later to say he appreciated the offer. \u201cIf it\u2019s what you say I love it," he said. A few days later, Trump Jr and Emin Agalarov had multiple brief phone calls about the \u201cHillary info.\u201d Mueller\u2019s ConclusionMueller\u2019s dry conclusion: \u201cThe written communications setting up the meeting showed that tes," Mueller said.Kushner became aggravated and asked \u201c[w]hat are we doing here?\u201d according to the report. Akhmetshin then turned the conversation to US sanctions imposed under the Magnitsky Act and Russia\u2019s retaliation prohibiting the US adoption of Russian children, according to the report. \u201cSeveral participants recalled that Trump Jr commented that Trump is a private citizen, and there was nothing they could do at that time,\u201d Mueller said. Trump Jr also said that they could revisit the issue if and when they were in government."Manafort took notes on his phone that reflect the general flow of the conversation, Mueller said. Trump told Mueller in written answers to the special counsel\u2019s questions that he had \u201cno recollection of learning at the time\u201d that Trump Jr or Kushner were planning the meeting.The younger men both told Mueller that Trump wasn\u2019t told in advance about the gathering. The special counsel said evidence showed Kushner sent an iMessage to Manafort during the meeting saying it was a \u201cwaste of time.\u201d Kushner sent two emails to assistants at his company asking them to call him \u201cto give him an excuse to leave,\u201d the report says.