10 thoughts on “CNN: Read: Justice Department summary of Mueller report

  1. CNN, must be fake news.

    The report says that Russia did interfere and did hack the DNC emails. Two points denied by a Trump lovers.

    That there was no direct, provable link between Putin and Trump was not unexpected.

    Obstruction is still up in the air.

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    1. RE: “Obstruction is still up in the air.”

      Not really. AG Barr wrote: “The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitutes a crime…I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice.”

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      1. Sadly, AG Barr has zero credibility to make that determination. He got the job based on his very public opining that the President cannot commit obstruction of justice. As on almost everything related to Trump ask yourself . . . “What if Obama did it?” In this case, what if Obama handpicked a public supporter to be the one to decide if he had committed a criminal offense and – surprise – that handpicked supporter found that he did not.

        Since Barr cannot actually be trusted, it becomes essential that the full Mueller report be made public and that Congressional committees take up the investigation where Mueller left off.

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        1. RE: “He got the job based on his very public opining that the President cannot commit obstruction of justice.”

          This comment uses a red herring to shoot the messenger.

          Red herring: Barr has never suggested that the President CANNOT commit obstruction of justice. In fact, his summary letter shows that he took the possibility seriously.

          Congress and the media are free to do as they will going forward. Whatever happens, the fact remains that the Special Council probe ended with two not-guilty verdicts, not just one, as some people claim.

          This result is good for the country on a number of levels. It also raises legitimate concerns about how the Russia hoax began and how media reported it.

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          1. Red Herring? Uh, no. As a matter of fact, William Barr took it upon himself to write an open letter to Rod Rosenstein decrying the Mueller investigation and opined that ANY lawful decision by a President – for example, lawfully firing James Comey – could not be obstruction of justice even if it had the effect of setting back an investigation. It was THIS letter that got him the job and it is the reason he cannot be believed and the reason that he SHOULD have recused himself entirely.

            https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/549-june-2018-barr-memo-to-doj-mue/b4c05e39318dd2d136b3/optimized/full.pdf#page=1

            Mueller followed DOJ guidelines and chose not to indict the President. That is hardly a “not guilty” verdict.

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          2. RE: “…ANY lawful decision by a President – for example, lawfully firing James Comey – could not be obstruction of justice even if it had the effect of setting back an investigation.”

            Many other lawyers have said the same thing. Alan Dershowitz and Andrew McCarthy to name just two.

            To believe otherwise is to believe that an action can be both lawful and unlawful at the same time, an absurdity.

            Also, to believe that lawful actions are lawful doesn’t mean the President CANNOT commit obstruction. AG Barr has found that Mueller’s report fails to demonstrate the President obstructed. Unless you have some superior knowledge to show that Barr found wrongly, it is illogical to assume he did.

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          3. My point is not that I know something that Barr does not. The point is that – right or wrong – Barr should not have personally made this decision for very obvious reasons. It does not matter that other Trump supporters agree with the thrust of his letter. Having prejudged the issue and having curried favor with Trump by writing this unsolicited letter, his credibility is shot.

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          4. RE: “Having prejudged the issue and having curried favor with Trump by writing this unsolicited letter, his [Barr’s] credibility is shot.”

            You haven’t explained how. All you’ve said is that Barr made statements prior his confirmation as AG that you, personally, find troubling. But those statements did not prevent his confirmation, nor has anyone alleged that Barr should have recused himself, or that his summary letter fails in some specific way to comply with the Special Counsel statute or his authority as AG.

            If you have a case to make, let’s hear it. So far, all you’ve done is hint at the possibility of a maybe that Barr has acted wrongly somehow. You make an assertion, but seem unable to substantiate it.

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          5. His credibility is shot because he is Trump’s stooge who got the job by denouncing the work of the Special Counsel. This is not rocket science.

            We cannot begin to judge the quality of the summary or of his decisions until the facts on which it is based are made public.

            And, BTW, PLENTY of political leaders have expressed the strong opinion that Barr’s letter is disqualifying for the post of AG or, at the very least, a reason for complete recusal from anything to do with the Special Counsel. Any time NOT recusing leaves the impression of impropriety it is the ONLY appropriate course of action.

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          6. RE: “We cannot begin to judge the quality of the summary or of [Barr’s] decisions until the facts on which it is based are made public.”

            In that case, you have no good reason at this time to claim Barr is Trump’s stooge or that Barr’s findings are flawed. You’re just blowing smoke, as usual.

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