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Full Mueller Report Echoes Findings of No Collusion

Full Mueller Report Echoes Findings of No Collusion
April 21
09:30 2019

It was the drop that was two years in the making, and finally, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released to Congress on Thursday and then to the public. Despite the miasma of partisan political punditry, the redacted report verifies Attorney General William Barr’s summary conclusion of “No Collusion.”

However, the report did reveal an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry – which has allowed his opponents to continue to muddy the waters around the Report.

Such actions included President Trump allegedly telling his White House counsel in June 2017 to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller had conflicts of interest and “must be removed.” The report said Trump also fumed over the original appointment — lamenting it would mean the “end of my presidency” — first telling then-DOJ leader Jeff Sessions he should resign, and later trying to get Sessions to take back control of the probe.

Mueller ultimately did not reach a conclusion on whether the president’s conduct amounted to obstruction, stating, “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

But even though Barr’s DOJ determined they did not have evidence to pursue such a case, the details in the report only fueled Democrats’ mounting calls to not only see the unredacted report but have Mueller testify.

“This is exactly why we need to hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller and receive the full, unredacted report with the underlying evidence,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tweeted, highlighting that section.

A Victory Despite Democratic Whining

Despite the typical whining of the left – President Trump and his legal team quickly declared victory upon the release of the report.

“No collusion, no obstruction,” Trump said.

While the report did find no doubt that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election, as stated in Barr’s summary last month and reiterated again at a press conference earlier Thursday morning, the special counsel did not find any clear evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the report said, while also saying there were “links” between the two.

“While the investigation identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump Campaign, the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges. Among other things, the evidence was not sufficient to charge any Campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian government or other Russian principal,” the special counsel report stated.

What About Obstruction?

On the matter of Obstruction of Justice, the report was a little less clear.  The report looked at 10 episodes related to the allegations of obstruction of justice, including, “The campaign’s response to reports about Russian support for Trump; Conduct involving FBI Director Comey and Michael Flynn; The President’s reaction to the continuing Russia investigation; The President’s termination of Comey; The appointment of a Special Counsel and efforts to remove him;  Efforts to Curtail the Special Counsel’s investigation; Efforts to prevent public disclosure of evidence; Further efforts to have the Attorney General take control of the investigation; and Conduct toward Flynn, Manafort, [REDACTED]; conduct involving Michael Cohen.”

The report revealed that the president reacted to the news a special counsel had been appointed by telling his advisers that it was “the end of my presidency. I’m f—ed,” and demanding that Sessions resign. Once Sessions submitted his resignation, the president did not accept it.

However, despite these and other actions detailed in the report, in Barr’s summary to Congress last month, he said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein found the evidence was “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”

The report itself noted that they obtained evidence about the president’s “actions and intent,” and that presented “difficult issues that would need to be resolved” if they were making a traditional judgment.

Given the way that both the left and the right are retreating to their respective corners, and have spent all day mulling over the report, and offering interpretations sometimes as obscure as those of the predictions of Nostradamus, one can only conclude that the release of the report is only likely to fuel, not quiet, the long-raging debate in Washington over the Russia probe and serve as fodder going into the 2020 election year.

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  1. Debbiedog
    Debbiedog April 21, 19:24

    The left will continue to obstruct obstruct obstruct no matter what happens all throughout the Trump presidency. Their hate is damaging the country and making it unsafe. And they don’t care one bit.

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  2. Willie
    Willie April 21, 19:40

    The funny thing about it the Democrats hate trump so much they do not care about obstruction they did not care about the Cavanaugh hearing everything is based on Hillary losing the election that’s it they can sit there all they want no matter the proof matter of fact if Trump was Jesus Christ they would be the same way as they are now

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