How Mueller made his no-call on President Trump and obstruction

Saul Bowman
April 21, 2019

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state", the report says.

But Rosenstein saw the Mueller investigation through to the end.

The report - which landed as the United States dives into the ferment of a bitter presidential campaign - supports Trump's repeated assertions that he never colluded with Russian intelligence efforts to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

"The President became angry and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, 'How could you let this happen, Jeff?'"

And in remarks Thursday at the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr made a series of false claims, suggesting that Mueller did not want Congress to decide whether Trump obstructed justice.

He explained Trump's hostile behavior during the drama - such as the push to fire Mueller - as the actions of a president who was "frustrated and angered". He is a good guy.

At Justice Department headquarters, reporters buzzed around as they awaited Barr and then the Mueller report.

"Christie had no intention of complying with the president's request that he contact Comey", Mueller wrote.

The Judiciary Committee voted 24-17 earlier this month to give Nadler permission to issue subpoenas for the final report, its exhibits and any underlying evidence or materials prepared for Mueller's investigation. Over the next couple of weeks, he called Comey twice and made the same request.

Trump told then-FBI Director James Comey during a private White House dinner in January 2017 that he "needed loyalty" in the investigation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI about discussing USA sanctions against Russian Federation with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The findings of the Mueller report are just to be added to his list of known offenses, along with mocking the handicapped, trashing the reputation of a dead war hero and senator, making undocumented immigrants out to be killers and rapists, demonizing Muslims, lying about paying off a porn star, defending white supremacists, mocking people's physical appearance, running a scam "university", cozying up to autocrats and pushing away allies, supporting the irresponsible anti-vaccination movement, closing down the government in a fit of pique.

Lewandowski told Trump he would handle it, but instead, he asked White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver the message. Trump appointed him. Trump can fire him. We must continue to safeguard our election systems and protect our democracy from foreign interference, but with the release of the report behind us, I look forward to continuing to focus on the priorities of Central Washington.

Conversely, Mr. Mueller says that, if he concluded Mr. Trump definitely had not committed obstruction of justice, Mr. Mueller would exonerate him - and he is explicitly choosing not to do this.

"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. "But one thing I focus on, as a state attorney general, is a lack of a certain independence of the U.S. attorney general has from the president, and we see that throughout the report".

"I certainly don't trust (Barr)", Smith said.

Mueller's report provides fresh evidence of Trump's interference in the Russian Federation investigation and challenges lawmakers to respond. McGahn took no such steps, however.

Donald Trump's lawyers and advisers repeatedly rebuffed attempts by the president to halt Robert Mueller's investigation, according to the special counsel's report published on Thursday.

Cobb, who reviewed every document the White House turned over, said he wasn't surprised by any of Mueller's findings.

McConnell was among several people the report said former White House Counsel Don McGahn had reached out to on behalf of the president when Trump was trying to stop then Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself at the start of the Russian Federation probe.

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