Mueller Report released, PC political analyst weighs-in

By: Daniel Keith 

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After a 22-month investigation that led to multiple indictments and stirred up a divisive political climate, the redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller was released.

The 448-page summarizes whether President Trump and his associates colluded with Russia in the 2016 election and whether they tried obstructing justice during that investigation.

What’s perhaps most alarming is that the report clearly showed evidence that Russia illegally influenced potentially millions of Americans prior to the 2016 election.

The report looked into whether President Trump and his team coordinated with Russia to influence the election. The investigation also looked into ten possible cases of obstruction.

But according to Mueller, he did not have the evidence to prove that Mr. Trump, in fact, committed a crime.

However, the Special Counsel made it clear that the president was not exonerated.

The report was released with redactions at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, but prior to the release, Attorney General William Barr addressed the public and reiterated his findings.

“The Russian Government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those efforts,” he said. 

The report said that when the President found out about the Special Counsel, he appeared distressed and said ‘this is the end of my Presidency.”

Robert Mueller’s 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller’s written questions and Donald Trump’s written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel’s office and the president.     

Mueller’s team writes that it tried to interview the president for more than a year before Trump submitted written testimony in response to questions on certain Russia-related topics in November 2018.   

An introductory note included in the report said the special counsel’s office found the responses indicative of `the inadequacy of the written format,” especially given the office’s inability to ask follow-up questions.

ABC 6 political analyst Joe Cammarano, a political science professor at Providence College said there is enough to say that Mr. Trump tried to collude, but he said it was thanks to his staff that he couldn’t get it done.

“The reason the president isn’t going to be indicted is because he intended to obstruct justice but the people around him wouldn’t follow through on the orders he gave them. Because they knew it was a violation of the law,” he said. “This looks very bad for the president.”

Attorney General Barr said some members of Congress will be able to see a version of the report with all redactions except those related to grand jury information. 

Barr will be back on Capitol Hill next month to testify. Meanwhile, Democrats are asking Robert Mueller to testify as well.

In a statement U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I) said the following:

“As I continue to read the entire report, it is already evident to me that this is a damning document that outlines a series of misdeeds conducted by the President and his associates. In light of his misleading attempt to spin the report this morning, it’s clear that the only reason Attorney General Barr has for keeping the full report from Congress is to protect the President.” 

“I’ve spoken with Chairman Nadler. I expect that the Judiciary Committee will soon issue a subpoena for the full report, as well as the entirety of the underlying evidence gathered by the Special Counsel. No one is above the law. The American people deserve to know whether their President committed wrongdoing. This report makes clear that Congress has a responsibility to answer that question.”

 

Congress still has the power to continue the investigation.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.