Published: Tue, March 26, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump's re-election weapon

Mueller report reprieve becomes Trump's re-election weapon

But the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller left unresolved allegations that Trump obstructed justice in his attacks on the probe.

Barr's delivery of Mueller's conclusions has launched a new chapter in the battle over Mueller's probe.

Both he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided Mueller's evidence didn't establish that the president committed the obstruction of justice crime. Analyzing the letter, Bauer writes, "the Barr summary reveals that the special counsel uncovered not just a couple but "multiple offers" of support from the Russians, and yet, neither Mr. Trump nor his campaign reported them to counterintelligence or law enforcement authorities".

Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already said that she did not favour impeachment unless the evidence was "so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan", a standard that seems even less likely to be met now.

After 22 months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered the final report for his Russian Federation investigation.

Harris tweeted: "The Mueller report needs to be made public, the underlying investigative materials should be handed over to Congress, and Barr must testify".

Many of Trump's opponents had accused the president of obstructing the Russian Federation probe when he fired former FBI Director James Comey in 2017. "Nothing different from what President@realDonaldTrump has been saying for the past TWO YEARS!"

Trump, however, is celebrating because he has maintained that the charges against him - that he colluded with the Russians to influence voters in the U.S. - were fabricated and part of a larger conspiracy to undermine his win over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. But in a bitterly divided country, the little bit that was known was digested very differently by supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump. Furthermore, the almost unlimited scope, resources, and subpoena power of the Special Counsel has allowed his team to fully pursue any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.

"I think that the president is doing exactly what he should and that's leaving that decision into the hands of the attorney general and we'll see what decision he makes on that front", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told NBC.

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And, others asked, why did the special counsel leave open the question on obstruction of justice, given the many publicly recorded instances of it - dismissing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey after asking him to stop investigating his then national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying about his contacts with Russians.

He said he still believes Trump obstructed justice, although "whether they're criminal obstructions is another question". "The American public needs more than a four-page summary from the President's hand-picked Attorney General to determine the scope of the Mueller investigation's findings". But it's clear the president and his allies will follow the same logic as Barr on obstruction of justice: if there was no collusion, then Trump would have been stupid or at least self-destructive - in a word, insane - if he tried to stop an investigation into his campaign's conduct towards Russian interlopers.

The president watched television, talked to staff and made calls during his flight home from Florida. By the ordinary standards of the Justice Department, President Trump is innocent.

Barr said their decision was based on the evidence uncovered by Mueller and not affected by Justice Department legal opinions that say a sitting president can not be indicted.

Barr and Rosenstein concluded that the evidence did not justify bringing obstruction charges, in part because there was no underlying crime.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Nadler said it was "way too early to speculate" about the prospect of impeaching the president. The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion - one way or the other - as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.

The notion that the system came after Mr Trump in the form of Mr Mueller and failed to take him down will fit neatly into the President's narrative of grievance and victimisation, energising his self-portrayal as a threat to the existing order. "Given Mr Barr's public record of bias against the Special Counsel's inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report".

King called on Barr to show Congress and the American people his work and explain his decision while releasing as much of the report as possible without compromising ongoing investigations or divulging classified sources.

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