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Barr releases Mueller report

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/18/19, 01:37 pm

The Department of Justice released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to Congress and the public Thursday morning. The 448-page report is divided into two sections, one that examines Russia’s activities related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and another that considers whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice during the investigation.

The first section confirms that Mueller’s team found no collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. The second section contains 10 episodes recounting the president’s actions that might have amounted to obstruction of justice. The accounts include the president firing FBI Director James Comey, asking White House lawyer Don McGahn to remove the special counsel, and encouraging witnesses not to cooperate with the investigation. The report ultimately renders a hung-jury verdict, stating, “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we should so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Democrats may seize on this inconclusive finding to rehash the evidence or bolster their case for impeaching the president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., issued a statement Thursday calling for Mueller to provide public testimony to both chambers of Congress due to Attorney General William Barr’s “regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report.”

At a news conference before the report’s release, Barr said because Mueller declined to render a traditional prosecutorial judgment on whether the president obstructed justice, “we felt the Department had to,” Barr said. He said in conversations with Mueller, the special counsel “did not indicate he wanted to leave [that decision] to Congress.” Barr said that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reached the conclusion that the president did not obstruct justice because Trump “took no act that deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete the investigation.” Barr said the absence of proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia “is something all Americans should be grateful that is confirmed.”

The White House reviewed a redacted copy of the report earlier this week, Barr said, but the president did not assert executive privilege to exclude any of the information in the report.

The report contained some redactions, with color coded notes about whether the redactions concealed grand jury information (red), individuals’ private information (green), an ongoing investigation (white), or classified information (yellow). Barr said he would also give a version of the report that contains no redactions except for grand jury information to a bipartisan group of leaders of Congress.

At an event Thursday honoring wounded veterans, Trump gave his interpretation of the report. “It was no collusion, no obstruction,” he said, adding that no president should ever have to go through what he did again. The president also said the Department of Justice should continue to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s investigation. Trump is scheduled to leave Thursday afternoon to spend Easter weekend in Florida at Mar-a-Lago.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 04/18/2019 07:24 pm

    The Democrats, aided by their media allies, want to milk this for every drop of controversy that it's worth.  Meanwhile the border crisis continues unabated and they do nothing.  By their words and actions they are only proving themselves to be more interested in pure politics and power than the good of the nation.

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 04/18/2019 08:01 pm

    exactly!

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 06:58 am

    God will not allow this matter to resolve until we Christians turn our eyes to Him instead of fighting for or against further investigations.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 02:02 pm

    I agree Brendan Bossard.  It has been hard for me to wade through all the information, but it seems that BOTH SIDES tend to applaud the results of any probe or investigation that helps advance their agenda and/or make their side look good and to denounce any report that does not. Both sides have justified questionable behavior by those in power by telling me: "The other side is doing it." or "What about when the other side did this or that?" Do our scriptures say for us to get revenge on the other side or try to gain power over others by doing to them what they have done to us?  Isn't it the other way around? 

    Despite the cynicism and fear in our society-and perhaps because of it-a lot of people seem thirsty for something that feels real and that offers to guide them about how to feel okay with themselves, and we have the answer in the gospel.  If Christians can't or won't push for truth and for what is right in a way that can be heard and understood by non-believers, if we put a laser focus on certain parts of what is right while neglecting others, and if we say one thing but do another, other voices that are fighting for the high ground and the power to impose their own version of truth on our society may prevail-and God help us then. I don't claim to know the answers; but I do know that we can't help ourselves or others unless we turn to God, as Brendan Bossard said.

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    Xion
    Posted: Fri, 04/19/2019 10:22 am

    It is interesting that Barr is accused of “regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report”, specifically because he was non-partisan.  It is fascinating to live in a time when much of the information we recieve is demonstrably false.  And social media corporations are censoring conservative news sources specifically because they are true.  Times haven't changed.

    They tell the seers, “Stop seeing!” They tell the prophets, “Don’t tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Is 30:10

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