According to the Democrats, President Trump colluded with Russia and obstructed justice to cover it up.
Despite the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report found no evidence that President Trump’s campaign team “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) disagrees with Mueller.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” on Friday, Schultz said that Mueller’s report did show collusion with the Russians and obstruction of justice, she also claims that it’s all a cover up, but does not say, or know what is being covered up, and that is why they need to re-investigate what Mueller already spent two years working on, concluding that there was no collusion, and not enough evidence to charge the president with obstruction, because he did not obstruct anything – the Mueller investigation was never impeded.
Robert Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that the president had committed a crime, but it fell short of exonerating Trump of obstruction of justice, Barr added.
The findings in detail:
Barr sent his summary of Mueller’s “principal conclusions” in a 4-page letter to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the US Congress, which stated:
- Mueller “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
- “No conclusion — one way or another” on whether Trump’s actions had obstructed justice, which leaves the attorney general with the task of determining “whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime.”
- The evidence was “not sufficient” to establish that Trump had obstructed justice.
The special counsel employed 19 lawyers and an additional staff of 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other professional staff in his probe.
Mueller issued “more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses” according to Barr’s letter to members of Congress. And the Mueller investigation lasted almost two years.
The Democrats are operating under the premise that there was collusion, despite the fact that Mueller’s investigation concluded that there was no collusion with Russia. Democrats are prepared to spend the next 19 months leading up to the 2020 election trying to convince the American people that President Trump won the 2016 election against Hillary because he was colluding with Russia.
Wasserman Schultz said:
“There were clear indications multiple times, even in the redacted Mueller report, that he engaged in obstruction of justice. Obstruction of justice to cover up what? If he’s got nothing to hide, we need to get to the bottom of it, and we’re going to use the tools, I think in sequential order until we can really make sure that we can be allowed to do our job as the Constitution indicates.”
Fox News reports:
The second part of Mueller’s report is about his investigation of the president for possible obstruction of justice, Barr said. Mueller did not “draw a conclusion – one way or another – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction,” according to Barr.
Instead, Mueller’s report sets out “the evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the Special Counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact,” Barr wrote.
The Mueller report “does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” Barr reported. That left it to the attorney general to determine whether the facts described constitute a crime.
After consulting with senior Justice Department officials and “applying the principles of federal prosecution that guide” the department’s charging decisions, Barr concluded that the evidence developed by Mueller “is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense,” he wrote.
Barr said he came to that conclusion without even considering “the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and criminal prosecution of a sitting president.”
Barr noted in his letter that Mueller recognized that “the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference.” While not determinative, “the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction.”
In other words, it is difficult to charge an individual with obstruction of justice if there is no crime to obstruct. Continue reading here.