Friday, November 15, 2019

Trump ‘Did Not Conspire With Russia’

BBC News:- President Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

A summary of Mr Mueller’s report released on Sunday did not draw a conclusion as to whether Mr Trump illegally obstructed justice – not exonerating the president.

But the attorney general, William Barr, said it did not amount to an offence.

President Trump tweeted in response: “No Collusion, No Obstruction.”

Mr Trump, who has repeatedly described the inquiry as a witch hunt, said on Sunday it was a “shame that the country had to go through this” and described the inquiry as an “illegal takedown that failed”.

Mr Mueller’s report is the culmination of two years of investigation.

“The report outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed,” the letter by Attorney General William Barr to Congress says.

“The special counsel did not find that any US person or Trump campaign official conspired or knowingly co-ordinated with Russia.”

The second part of the report addresses the issue of obstruction of justice. Mr Barr’s summary says the special counsel report “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement”.

It goes on: “The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction.”

The letter then quotes directly from Mr Mueller’s report: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Mr Barr says that the evidence was not sufficient “to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offence”.

Mr Barr ends his letter to Congress by saying he will release more from the full report, but that some of the material is subject to restrictions.

“Given these restrictions, the schedule for processing the report depends in part on how quickly the Department can identify the [grand jury] material that by law cannot be made public.

“I have requested the assistance of the Special Counsel in identifying all information contained in the report as quickly as possible.”

Mr Barr has been poring over the document since he received it on Friday.

Congressman Jerry Nadler, the Democratic Chair of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, emphasised that the attorney general did not rule out that Mr Trump may have obstructed justice.

“Barr says that the president may have acted to obstruct justice, but that for an obstruction conviction, ‘the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct’.”

However White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the findings of the report as “a total and complete exoneration of the president”.

Mr Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said the report was “better than I expected”.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Any objective person who did not allow the US media to think for them would have known that for the last two years! Now lets look into the $145 Million donation that the Russians made to the Hilary Clinton Foundation just before the US gave over 20% of its uranium to Russia

  2. Any objective person who did not allow the US media to think for them would have known that for the last two years! Now lets look into the $145 Million donation that the Russians made to the Hilary Clinton Foundation just before the US gave over 20% of its uranium to Russia

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