I'm working my way through yesterday's release of the Mueller Report, but I'm not a very fast reader. Even worse, I find myself staring at the opaque blocks of redactions, wondering what's underneath.
I'll have more to say later, but there are three things in the report that every American needs to consider:
1. "The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion."
We've heard it before from our own intelligence agencies and from intelligence agencies across the globe, but this was the very focus of Mueller's 22-month investigation.
It wasn't a 400-lb guy in New Jersey, it was Russia. Why has the President of the United States done NOTHING about an attack on America from a foreign, hostile nation?
Nothing but kow tow to a murdering despot intent on destroying the fabric of American life and Western civilization.
2. Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. Nowhere in the Mueller Report will you find the words, "no collusion."
Mueller cites multiple instances of Trump's people reaching out to and accepting help from Russian operatives. He clearly states, though, that his team was looking past "collusion" to try to establish elements of conspiracy that could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
In doing so, Mueller set the bar much higher than it would be for impeachment. While evidence of collusion abounds, the report leaves it to Congress to determine if it rises to the level of conspiracy.
3. Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice on multiple occasions. The report details at least TEN instances of obstruction of justice, but stops short of leveling charges against him.
Attempting to obstruct justice is a crime.
Mueller stated from the outset that he was going to follow DOJ guidelines and NOT indict the President. There are several instances where the conclusion of evidence is followed by "...but for the DOJ guidelines, this would be an indictable offense."
What the report does say is this: "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.”
There is so much evidence of obstruction of justice that Mueller can not possibly exonerate Trump, but he is restrained from indicting him by disputed guidelines written in a time when no one could have anticipated a crime boss sitting in the Oval Office.
For better or for worse, Mueller leaves it up to Congress to deal with a criminal president.
One final takeaway that is not contained in Mueller's report is that William Barr is not to be believed. He has assumed the role of Donald Trump's personal attorney and NOT the role to which he swore an oath, that of Attorney General of the people of the United States, defender of the Constitution.
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