‘Total bulls**t’: Trump blasts ‘fabricated’ statements in Mueller report

Saul Bowman
April 20, 2019

A focal point of Mueller's investigation was a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a Kremlin-tied lawyer who promised dirt on Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton.

How far lawmakers will go, though, remains unclear. But legal pundits who have followed the case recall news cycles devoted to the difference between a special counsel and the Watergate-era "independent counsel", whether interfering with Mueller's investigation would constitute obstruction of justice, and even whether the president can pardon himself.

"In light of the President's frequent public attacks, Sessions prepared another resignation letter and for the rest of the year carried it with him in his pocket every time he went to the White House", the report says.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland prior to boarding Air Force One for departure to Florida, on April 18, 2019. "Now it's time for Democrats to also conclude with their politically motivated investigations and their dubious charges against the president". Mr Trump can rightly feel relieved.

After almost two years, the two-volume, 448-page redacted report largely tracked the findings revealed in Attorney General William Barr's four-page memo released a month ago - no collusion with Russian Federation but no clear verdict on obstruction - but it added new layers of detail about Trump's efforts to thwart the investigation.

"I believe he committed obstruction of justice", said Nadler.

Lengthy reports on politics tend to be as dry as dust; a flawless cure for insomniacs; a turn on for political obsessives and a total turn-off for those with normal lives to lead. Mueller may testify before Congress, fueling more. The desire of the American public, and many Democrats, would be to let the nearing election determine if Trump is removed from office, which he should be. "What you're seeing is unprecedented desperation from the left", tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a top Trump ally.


But while some have been wrestling with the grave political and constitutional questions the report raises the 448-page redacted document had lighter moments too.

The Mueller investigation found extensive attempts by Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election in order to elect Trump.

However, there was evidence presented of United States rallies organized by the Russian agency involving some colourful tactics. "We recognized that a federal criminal accusation against a sitting President would place burdens on the President's capacity to govern", the report said.

For Democrats, those pages amount to a green light to finish what Mueller started. Markets didn't move at all on the revelations in the Mueller report, but instead closed out a shortened trading week with modest gains buoyed by a couple of hot IPOs and encouraging economic news. "It's an awesome and solemn responsibility that Congress has now to try to deal with the crisis that's contained in this report". But Mueller says it was in 2017, and they were discussing foreign policy. "More important, it shows that numerous Trumpists, the Russians and the WikiLeaks crowd all understood that they were somehow adjacent actors in the same project".

In response to Mueller's findings, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she would support the impeachment resolution of fellow freshman Democrat Rashida Tlaib (Mich.). "I didn't campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted".

I'd say what he's done here - to use an American analogy - is he's taken the baseball bat, he's put it on home plate and he's leaving it for other people to pick up and take a swing.

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