Robert Mueller Put Trump’s Fate in Congress’s Hands :: Politics :: Features :: Mueller Report

Tanya Cunningham
March 26, 2019

While appearing on NBC's "Today" show, host Savannah Guthrie asked Sanders whether the president should apologize to Mueller for his repeated comments about him and his investigation following Attorney General William Barr's announcement that Mueller found no collusion between Russian Federation and the 2016 Trump campaign.

The report accuses the agency of conducting "disinformation and social media operations" to sow discord in U.S. society and alleges that Russian hackers obtained the emails of Hillary Clinton's associates and passed them to WikiLeaks. The letter also included Barr's own decision to interpret Mueller's report as having insufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction, while acknowledging the report did not exonerate Trump on that score.

Not to mention, two Trump appointees in the DOJ saying that they "concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense", -and not Robert Mueller-is not great optics for the DOJ.

"Attorney General Barr, who auditioned for his role with a memo saying that it was nearly impossible for any president to commit obstruction, made a decision in under 48 hours", Nadler told lawmakers during a press conference in NY on Sunday evening, referring to a memo Barr authored past year in which he said, "Mueller's obstruction theory is fatally misconceived" and based "on a novel and insupportable reading of the law".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said in a statement Sunday that the findings meant the "case is closed" on the matters investigated by Mueller, a conclusion rejected by Democrats.


Mueller could also be talking about the constitutional aspect to this, where impeachment is a political question for the Congress, not a legal question for the Department of Justice.

"Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise".

But Mueller's punt on whether Trump obstructed justice has breathed new life into the obstruction investigation helmed by Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary.

These candidates, taking a page from the book of Democrats who flipped seats in the midterm elections, have not campaigned on impeaching Trump or allegations of collusion, instead focusing on selling their economic and social policies. "I always thought independent commissions is the best way to secure and make sure we are not attacked by the Russians again".

Barr's letter seemed likely to muffle comments like that - at least for now.

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