Mueller Report, Redacted, Is Released
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On the morning of Thursday, April 18, 2019, Mueller report is released with redaction. Attorney General William Barr transmitted a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report on Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign to members of Congress, making public for the first time substantial portions of the 448-page document.
To read the full Mueller report from Department of Justice, click HERE.
Andrea Mitchell, John Brennan, Ben Wittes, Julia Ainsley, Mimi Rocah and Betsy Woodruff join the MTPDaily to discuss the conclusions of the Mueller Report, in the video “Biggest Headline of The Mueller Report? Not ‘No Collusion, No Obstruction’, MTP Daily, MSNBC“, below:
The Mueller report presents a much more troubling picture of the President Trump than the summary report by Attorney General William Barr.
On the question of obstruction of justice, the report indicated, in italics, below:
Constitutional defense. As for constitutional defenses arising from the President’s status as the head of the Executive Branch, we recognized that the Department of Justice and the courts have not definitively resolved these issues. We therefore examined those issues through the framework established by Supreme Court precedent governing separation-of-powers issues. The Department of Justice and the President’s personal counsel have recognized that the President is subject to statutes that prohibit obstruction of justice by bribing a witness or suborning perjury because that conduct does not implicate his constitutional authority. With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.
In the 448 pages, Mueller report:
- outlines 11 possible instances of obstruction of justice, but did not draw ultimate conclusion on POTUS conduct.
- “…if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.”
- President’s conduct involving Michael Cohen.
- Efforts to change leadership watching DOJ report
- President directed White House counsel McGahn to fire Mueller, McGahn refused.
- AG Sessions was investigated for potential perjury over congressional testimony.
- President’s further efforts to have the AG take over the investigation.
- President tried to influence, curtail, and end the investigation.
- “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.”
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff also talked about the need of ethical standards for elected officials in the video above. Schiff indicated that more needs to be heard from Special Counsel Mueller, in person, in the weeks ahead. Much will depend on what Congress will do.
Please watch the video above for more details.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-New York, accused Attorney General William Barr of mischaracterizing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Nadler says the Mueller report outlines “disturbing evidence” of President Trump’s misconduct, and he is requesting that Mueller testify at a Judiciary Committee hearing, in the video “Rep. Nadler:”Disturbing evidence” in Mueller report“, below:
There is definitely discrepancy between Mueller report and Barr report.
Whether or not there will be impeachment remains to be seen.
In order to sustain public trust in our government, both Republican and Democratic Senate will need to carefully examine this report and decide on what action to take in order to ensure the American general public that no American is above the law, the fundamental principle of democracy.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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