Three key highlights from the Mueller report

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2019

Donald Trump said the best proof of "no obstruction" was the fact that he generously allowed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conclude his futile Russiagate witch hunt, even though as president he had the power to end the probe.

"They came to the right conclusion in affirmatively exonerating the president of the underlying crime of collusion and electing not to find misconduct in connection with obstruction", said Cobb.

During his 2016 campaign, Trump publicly questioned whether Russian Federation was behind WikiLeaks' release of hacked Democratic Party e-mails "at the same time" he and his campaign secretly tried to find out if any more e-mails would be leaked. "What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump".

US Attorney General William Barr takes questions about the release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.

"No Collusion. No Obstruction", it said.

Barr flat-out lied when he said that Mueller's decision not to charge Trump had nothing to do with the Justice Department opinion that effectively gives immunity to a sitting president.

Another case that was referred was that of Gregory Craig, the former Obama White House counsel charged recently with making a false statement in a foreign lobbying probe.

In all, Mueller's team said it referred 14 cases to prosecutors in other jurisdictions, including the Cohen case, which was handled by the Southern District of NY. With respect to the substance of the dinner conversation, Comey documented the President's request for loyalty in a memorandum he began drafting the night of the dinner; senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials recall that Comey told them about the loyalty request shortly after the dinner occurred, and Comey described the request while under oath in congressional proceedings and in a subsequent interview with investigators subject to penalties for lying under 18 U.S.C, g 1001.

U.S. President Donald Trump's twitter screenshot.

For example, the report says that Manafort, shortly after he joined the campaign in the spring of 2016, directed his deputy to share internal polling data with Kilimnik with the understanding it would be passed on to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch known to have close ties to the Kremlin.

A Washington-based attorney for Deripsaka said he could not comment.

A further statement from Giuliani and Trump's lawyers said "the report itself is nothing more than an attempt to rehash old allegations" and insisted that "the results of the investigation are a total victory for the president". Trump ended up winning three of those states in the November election.

Mueller's investigation did not find a connection between Manafort's sharing of polling data and Russia's meddling in the US election or that he otherwise coordinated with Russian Federation.

The friction between the two reached a point where Mr Sessions was ready to quit at a moment's notice, the report says.

Mueller's team said it could not resolve a conflict in the accounts of Kushner, who said the meeting was diplomatic in nature, and Gorkov, who said it was business related.

The Mueller report is not a bombshell.

"To end the conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein", Mr Mueller wrote in his report.

This included the release by WikiLeaks of emails stolen by Russian agents from the team of Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Mueller's team considered whether the advisers violated laws barring election contributions from foreigners. Barr also indicated that he was not really supposed to be publicly releasing the two-volume report, but, on the other hand, it was "long-standing" practice to share such types of confidential information with the White House. But he draws a detailed road map for such an exercise, including not just the voluminous evidence he gathered but also the legal reasoning for viewing some of Trump's actions - including his firing of then-FBI Director James Comey and his attempt to get then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller - as patently illegal.

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