One Reason Mueller Was Right to Defer to Barr on Obstruction

One Reason Mueller Was Right to Defer to Barr on Obstruction

One Reason Mueller Was Right to Defer to Barr on Obstruction

"Attorney General Barr, who auditioned for his role with an open memorandum suggesting that the obstruction investigation was unconscionable and that it was nearly impossible for any president to commit obstruction of justice since he is the head of the executive branch, made a decision about that evidence in under 48 hours", Nadler said. I'm chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"Bad day for those hoping the Mueller investigation would take President Trump down", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham observed.

By releasing conclusions of the report, Attorney General Barr has shown the Mueller investigation came up empty.

For an example of how poorly that could have gone, look no further than the hierarchy Loretta Lynch imposed in her final year as President Obama's attorney general.

"As a lawyer, you don't waive privilege, you don't waive investigative detail", he said.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News.

Barr told congressional leaders that Mueller did not find evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with his campaign "conspired or coordinated" with the Russians in their efforts to influence the presidential election despite multiple offers from "Russian affiliated individuals". Graham said he will investigate "whether or not a counterintelligence investigation was opened up regarding the Trump campaign as a backdoor to spy on the campaign".

But others Republicans were more derisory of the work carried out by the counterintelligence team and were less interested in its contents.

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The news nevertheless lifts one of the many clouds hanging over Trump's head right as Democrats are vying with each other to take him on in 2020. They also pointed out that Mueller's investigation led to the indictment or guilty pleas of six Trump aides, including his personal attorney, campaign chairman, and national security adviser.

Mueller's long-awaited final report was delivered to the Justice Department on Friday after a almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Read Barr's letter to Congress for yourself here.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the Department of Justice "doesn't do opposition research", and therefore should not be expected to release the Mueller report in full.

While he "did not establish" that members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, Mueller punted the decision on whether to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the president to the attorney general.

On the issue of obstruction he writes, "The special counsel states that while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him".

First, there is the very credible claim that Trump was under surveillance by the Obama government and intelligence agencies while he was the Republican nominee for president. Barr had made statements critical of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation, and he even wrote a long memo rejecting the need for the obstruction of justice portion of Mueller's inquiry.

The "next chapter" of the Russian Federation collusion hoax should be the reckoning.

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