Main points of the Mueller report
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 20, 2019,
Apr 20, 2019, 0:40
The president may now wish he could use an air water drop on Congress, inflamed over the Mueller Report that torches the credibility of President Trump, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The tome runs to more than 400 pages.
Mr Trump has tried to cultivate good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and came under heavy criticism in Washington past year for saying after meeting Mr Putin that he accepted his denial of election meddling, over the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies. A redacted version of that report was made public yesterday, and Mr Barr's conclusion that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or co-ordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities" has not changed.
In one particularly cinematic moment, Mueller describes Trump as fuming because his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from supervising the Russian Federation investigation, when Trump explicitly expected Sessions to use the powers of his office to protect Trump from legal accountability. He blames Democrats and the media for stirring controversy.
How has Mr Trump responded?
Already, the US has taken action, indicting members of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-based "troll farm" with ties to the Kremlin, as well as charges against 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking into Democratic Party computers. But Mueller wrote that he believed prosecutors would be unlikely to meet the burden of proof to show that Donald Trump Jr. and other participants in the Trump Tower meeting "had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful". There were numerous contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians they probably shouldn't have been talking to, but nothing overtly criminal.
Mr. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen, for his part, spoke with Kremlin officials to solicit their help in getting a Trump hotel built in Moscow. But Mueller documents repeated attempts by Trump to get Sessions to "unrecuse", for which he would be a "hero".
"The report is a traditional criminal investigation", Lemieux said.
"Oh my god. This is awful". This is the end of my presidency.
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"Why do you take notes?" While local United States attorneys have considerable autonomy, Barr can influence the pending federal criminal investigations arising out of the Mueller investigation, 10 of which were referred to in this report. Mr. McGahn refused and prepared to quit instead: He packed up his office, wrote a resignation letter and told then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus that Mr. Trump had asked him to "do insane shit".
Since Trump entered the White House, the Democrats have chosen to focus their opposition to Trump on the claims of a Russian connection, not his attacks on immigrants, open appeals to fascists, or tax cuts for the wealthy.
"On Friday he referred to the document as" the Crazy Mueller Report" and said it contained "fabricated & totally untrue" statements about him.
"The Special Counsel's investigation established that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. Fearing that such a firing would trigger another "Saturday Night Massacre", like the one carried out by President Richard Nixon in 1973, McGahn made a decision to quit, telling then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus that the president had asked him to 'do insane s***'". Mr. Dearborn opted not to take action.
There may be more to come: Mueller, himself, is no longer investigating anyone.
Trump did not want to let this go, even though he was told repeatedly - even by Steve Bannon, a man whose absence of morality rivals Trump's own - that Sessions simply couldn't do Trump's dirty work in this case. Not only did Mueller catalog considerable evidence that Trump's relationship to the Russian conspiracy was, shall we say, warm, he laid out, in helpful 10-point format, Trump's various efforts Trump to obstruct any investigation into said relationship (or into any other crimes that such an investigation might uncover).
"These facts are fatal to the conspiracy theorists who have drowned U.S. discourse for nearly three years with a risky and distracting fixation on a fictitious espionage thriller involved unhinged claims of sexual and financial blackmail, nefarious infiltration of the U.S. Government by familiar foreign villains, and election cheating that empowered an illegitimate President".
"It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation", said Senator Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president. "You gotta call Rod", Mr McGahn recalled the president as saying, according to the report.