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Why Did Mueller Bypass a Call on Obstruction? What We Know and Don't
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=2910"><span class="small">Charlie Savage, The New York Times</span></a>   
Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:22

Savage writes: "In the days since Attorney General William P. Barr wrote to Congress describing the still secret report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a mystery he introduced remains pressing: Why did Mr. Mueller take no position on whether President Trump obstructed justice?"

After Robert Mueller's departure, the deputy attorney general's office will handle any remaining responsibilities, including briefing members of Congress, 'in consultation' with Attorney General William Barr's team. (photo: AP)
After Robert Mueller's departure, the deputy attorney general's office will handle any remaining responsibilities, including briefing members of Congress, 'in consultation' with Attorney General William Barr's team. (photo: AP)


Why Did Mueller Bypass a Call on Obstruction? What We Know and Don't

By Charlie Savage, The New York Times

28 March 19

 

n the days since Attorney General William P. Barr wrote to Congress describing the still secret report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, a mystery he introduced remains pressing: Why did Mr. Mueller take no position on whether President Trump obstructed justice?

Mr. Barr spoke briefly by phone on Wednesday with Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the House Judiciary Committee chairman, who has criticized Mr. Barr’s decision to step into the gap left by Mr. Mueller’s team and clear Mr. Trump himself. Mr. Nadler has called on Mr. Barr to swiftly turn over the entire Mueller report, but he said it was “apparent” after they spoke that the Justice Department would not meet his April 2 deadline and that he would not commit to making it public without redactions.

“We’re not happy about that, to put it mildly,” Mr. Nadler said.

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-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-03-28 17:56
"Why did Mr. Mueller take no position on whether President Trump obstructed justice?"


If the full report ever sees the light of day, we may know the answer. There's a lot of questions to answer. It may be that Mueller did not come to a conclusion because he just did not know himself. After all, his boss for these two years was Rod Rosenstein, the guy who wrote the memo providing the justification for firing Comey. Rosenstein would have had to recuse himself if Mueller seriously investigated obstruction of justice. The fact that Rosenstein never recused himself suggests Mueller never considered obstruction very seriously.

Now that Rosenstein never recused himself, the investigation may be tainted by his conflict of interest. So maybe obstruction is just a moot point.

Who knows. If and when the report is published, people will argue over this forever.