Friday, 17 January, 2020


Trump claims exoneration as Democrats call report ‘damning’

Trump claims exoneration as Democrats call report ‘damning’ Trump claims exoneration as Democrats call report ‘damning’
Bennie Garza | 21 April, 2019, 03:00

Trump's legal team called the report "a total victory" for the president.

Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston, said to find that the president obstructed justice, Mueller needed much clearer evidence that the president acted exclusively with "corrupt intent". They scanned for their names to see what Mueller had said about them and how he had characterized their testimony, and wondered how those depictions might sit with a mercurial president.

Mr. Mueller's report reveals the full extent of a massive Kremlin interference campaign to help Mr. Trump win the 2016 presidential election. There is considerable evidence that the Trump campaign embraced and encouraged Russia's attempt to meddle in the 2016 election. He belittled Sessions on Twitter, told NBC News he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the Russian Federation probe and dangled a Paul Manafort pardon to the New York Post. He is a good guy. The report, however, says no such thing.

On June 19, 2017, Trump met in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Meanwhile, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders blamed the President for obstructing the investigation and vowed to continue gathering information about his actions. Lying, covering up, getting in the way of investigations when the public has a right to know. Over the next couple of weeks, he called Comey twice and made the same request. The President told Comey at their January 27 dinner that 'the people of the Federal Bureau of Investigation really like [him],' no evidence suggests that the President heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Comey, and Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything.

"After Comey's account of the dinner became public, the President and his advisors disputed that he had asked for Comey's loyalty". On the day Comey was canned, the White House claimed it was based on a DOJ recommendation over his "mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation" - even though Trump made the decision before hearing from the department.

Special counsel prosecutors determined that Congress still has the ability to find the President obstructed justice.

Nadler released via Twitter an image of a letter he had sent to Mueller requesting the special counsel's appearance.

In one section, then-White House counsel Donald McGahn got a message from Trump's personal lawyer saying Trump wanted McGahn to put out a statement denying a New York Times report that said Trump had tried to fire Mueller.

It was a formula which paid dividends in November 2018 midterms when they retook the House after eight years of Republican rule.

The Special Counsel's findings paint a very different picture than what the President and his Attorney General would have the American people believe. On the contrary, the report said investigators found no evidence of collusion but lacked "confidence" to say Trump "clearly did not commit obstruction of justice".

"White House counsel John Dean famously told (President Richard) Nixon that there was a cancer within the presidency and that it was growing", Conway wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday night. McGahn took no such steps, however.

"To end the conversation with the President, McGahn left the President with the impression that McGahn would call Rosenstein", Mueller wrote in his report.

Mueller's team anxious such moves could leak, leaving Trump in the position of having a prosecutor say he committed a crime without the ability to defend himself at a public trial. But the intermediary never actually forwarded those orders to Sessions, according to Mueller's report. This is the end of my Presidency. Attorney Rudy Giuliani and others have said an interview with Mueller would be a "perjury trap", implying that Trump was likely to lie about something - just as President Bill Clinton did about his escapades with Monica Lewinsky, leading to his impeachment.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Former Donald Trump aide George Papadopoulos. They advised that the emails be publicly released proactively so that they could control the messaging. That has allowed Trump to argue to his supporters that the stories were wrong, totally made-up "fake news". "It says Congress can make laws about obstruction", Collins tweeted.

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