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Excerpt: "Trump ultimately wasn't charged with obstruction, but Mueller also couldn't clear Trump completely because 'the facts and the applicable legal standards' made it impossible to state that Trump 'clearly did not commit obstruction of justice.'"

Robert Mueller. (photo: Getty)
Robert Mueller. (photo: Getty)


Mueller Report Lists 10 Episodes of Potential Trump Obstruction

By Axios

18 April 19

 

he second part of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report focuses on whether President Trump obstructed justice while in office, especially as it pertains to his campaign and administration's navigation of the fallout from potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The big picture: As Axios' David Nather writes, Trump ultimately wasn't charged with obstruction because Mueller didn't want to "place burdens on the President's capacity to govern" and believed Trump wouldn't have an opportunity to clear his name, according to the report. But he also couldn't clear Trump completely because "the facts and the applicable legal standards" made it impossible to state that Trump "clearly did not commit obstruction of justice."

  • These are the 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice committed by Trump, as relayed in the index of Mueller's report ...

The Campaign's Response to Reports About Russian Support for Trump

  • Press Reports Allege Links Between the Trump Campaign and Russia

  • The Trump Campaign Reacts to WikiLeaks' Release of Hacked Emails

  • The Trump Campaign Reacts to Allegations That Russia was Seeking to Aid Candidate Trump

  • After the Election, Trump Continues to Deny Any Contacts or Connections with Russia or That Russia Aided his Election

1. The President's Conduct Concerning the Investigation of Michael Flynn

  • Incoming National Security Adviser Flynn Discusses Sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

  • President-Elect Trump is Briefed on the Intelligence Community's Assessment of Russian Interference in the Election and Congress Opens Election-Interference Investigations

  • Flynn Makes False Statements About his Communications with Kislyak to Incoming Administration Officials, the Media, and the FBI

  • DOJ Officials Notify the White House About Their Concerns About Flynn

  • McGahn has a Follow-Up Meeting About Flynn with Yates; President Trump has Dinner with FBI Director Comey

  • The Media Raises Questions About the President's Delay in Terminating Flynn

  • The President Attempts to Have K.T. McFarland Create a Witness Statement Denying that he Directed Flynn's Discussions with Kislyak

2. The President's Reaction to Public Confirmation of the FBI's Russia Investigation

  • Attorney General Sessions Recuses From the Russia Investigation

  • FBI Director Comey Publicly Confirms the Existence of the Russia Investigation in Testimony Before HPSCI

  • The President Asks Intelligence Community Leaders to Make Public Statements that he had No Connection to Russia

  • The President Asks Comey to "Lift the Cloud" Created by the Russia Investigation

3. Events Leading Up To and Surrounding the Termination of FBI Director Comey

  • Comey Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Declines to Answer Questions About Whether the President is Under Investigation

  • The President Makes the Decision to Terminate Comey

4. The President's Efforts to Remove the Special Counsel

  • The Appointment of the Special Counsel and the President's Reaction

  • The President Asserts that the Special Counsel has Conflicts of Interest

  • The Press Reports that the President is Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice and the President Directs the White House Counsel to Have the Special Counsel Removed

5. The President's Efforts to Curtail the Special Counsel's Investigation

  • The President Asks Corey Lewandowski to Deliver a Message to Sessions to Curtail the Special Counsel Investigation

  • The President Follows Up with Lewandowski

  • The President Publicly Criticizes Sessions in a New York Times Interview

  • The President Orders Priebus to Demand Sessions's Resignation

6. The President's Efforts to Prevent Disclosure of Emails About the June 9, 2016 Meeting Between Russians and Senior Campaign Officials

  • The President Learns About the Existence of Emails Concerning the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

  • The President Directs Communications Staff Not to Publicly Disclose Information About the June 9 Meeting

  • The President Directs Trump Jr.'s Response to Press Inquiries About the June 9 Meeting

  • The Media Reports on the June 9, 2016 Meeting

7. The President's Further Efforts to Have the Attorney General Take Over the Investigation

  • The President Again Seeks to Have Sessions Reverse his Recusal

  • Additional Efforts to Have Sessions Unrecuse or Direct Investigations Covered by his Recusal

8. The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel

  • The Press Reports that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel

  • The President Seeks to Have McGahn Dispute the Press Reports

9. The President's Conduct Towards Flynn, Manafort, [REDACTED DUE TO ONGOING MATTER]

  • Conduct Directed at Michael Flynn

  • Conduct Directed at Paul Manafort

  • Conduct Directed at [REDACTED]

10. The President's Conduct Involving Michael Cohen

  • Candidate Trump's Awareness of and Involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow Project

  • Cohen Determines to Adhere to a "Party Line" Distancing Candidate Trump from Russia

  • Cohen Submits False Statements to Congress Minimizing the Trump Tower Moscow Project in Accordance with the Party Line

  • The President Sends Messages of Support to Cohen

  • The President's Conduct After Cohen Began Cooperating with the Government

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-15 # Anne Frank 2019-04-18 13:42
"Obstruction?" That's a far cry from treason. But the deep state and its sycophants in the media have to beat the dead horse to keep the gullible masses from thinking about their declining standard of living and endless imperialist war against the world to enrich the military-indust rial complex and prevent any interference with the continuing expansion of Israel.
 
 
+11 # dascher 2019-04-18 14:46
Certainly you are not trying to claim that Trump did not engage in collusion and coverup. The man's entire life has been dedicated to finding the easiest way to increase his wealth with the assumption that he can commit illegal and immoral acts to do so. That gives him an edge over his competitors who occasionally have fear of the law or distaste for immorality reign in their most savage instincts.

The man is certainly not doing anything to upset either the military-indust rial complex or Netanyahu's Israel, pushing for more and more new shinier, more expensive, and destabilizing weaponry as well as moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, immediately recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights (where there is oil) and over the parts of the Occupied West Bank where they have established illegal settlements.

He's also been doing his part to lower American's standard of living through his tax cut for the wealthy and corporations (with special benefits for real estate companies like The Trump Organization and owners of resorts like The Trump Organization).

He is using the strategies he honed playing Monopoly against his little sister when he was a kid. Once you control the Bank, you pretty much win.
 
 
0 # revhen 2019-04-18 16:20
Sounds like something out of Karl Marx. On the other hand, may be some truth in it.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2019-04-18 17:31
So what. It was blatant. No president should be allowed to do it. It sets an example for future president that they can get away with breaking the law. The treason stuff was always a fantasy of the CIA conspiracy theory machine. It does no excuse all other crimes committed by this disaster of a president.
 
 
+6 # HarryP 2019-04-18 14:33
Anne:

“Obstruction” is a crime, right? You good with that?

Are you describing Trump and his base, or someone else, when you speak of unthinking “gullible masses” drawn into “endless war” on behalf of the “military industrial complex “ and Israel? You good with that, too?

Tell us what you think?
 
 
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-19 07:11
HP -- "Obstruction of Justice" is one of those optional crimes the DOJ uses to browbeat and bully a target of their prosecutions. They load on this most often made up crime in order to increase the stakes on their targets.

There are clear legal definitions of obstruction of justice but they require destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses, and other clear actions.

But my point is that this charge is options. Why was the DNC or Hillary not charged with obstruction of justice when they destroyed their servers and refused to allow the FBI to examine them. The alleged Russian hack of these servers has been called a second 9-11 or a new Pearl Harbor and all of the evidence was destroyed by the principals (Podesta, DN, Hillary) and the computer security firm CrowdStrike.

There has not even been an investigation of this, and the reasons are obvious. Had there been an investigation, we would not have had the Mueller Probe.

So far in my reading of the Mueller Report, I have learned one thing I did not know. The "Russian Dirt on Hillary" was actually the DNC and Podesta emails!!!!!!!!! !!!! How are these even Russian? Why would the communications of Hillary's campaign chief and the DNC be "dirt" at all? Mueller has no sense of irony, so the report is becoming a Borowitz Satire -- "Hillary Dirt Found in Russia."
 
 
-8 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-18 15:31
Ditto on Anne Frank. She is right.
 
 
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-19 06:53
More nothing-burgers . Nothing reported here even comes close to obstruction of justice. While I don't like Barr, I think he expressed it correctly: Trump was frustrated and angry at the idiocy of the Mueller Probe and he often expressed that viewpoint. I think we would all be frustrated and angry at an investigation of charges that were totally false. We would do all we could to turn the frustration back on the Probers.

I think it is time to shift our discussion on to what the Mueller Probe and Russiagate really were. They were massive blackmail operations against Trump. The FBI and CIA have always used blackmail to control presidents and members of congress. In blackmail, you don't want to kill or take your target out of office. You just want him/her to do what you tell him/her to do. Trump now is doing exactly what the CIA/Deep State/Neo-Cons tell him to do. The blackmail worked perfectly. Mueller can go home. His job is complete.

Trump was never going to be a good president but he ran to the left of Hillary on foreign policy. That's what needed to change and it has.

I've read some of the Mueller report and it is just idiotic. It tells a part of the story. It's omissions are glaring. No mention of Stefan Halper or John Brennan at all. No mention of the role of MI6. In other words, all of Trump people appear to be out there working on their own. How silly.

It is not surprising that Mueller did not want to go to court on any of this.
 

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