Mueller report details actions by Trump to obstruct probe

April FrancisApr 23, 2019

The release would come almost a month after Mueller concluded his investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

A chorus of Trump-hating celebrities erupted on Twitter on Thursday after the Justice Department released the Mueller report as an exoneration of the president.

The investigators said they viewed Trump's written responses "to be inadequate".

It also concluded, as Barr announced last month, that Trump and his campaign had not engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russian Federation during the election.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey "Lewandowski and (White House advisor Rick) Dearborn did not deliver the President's message to Sessions that he should confine the Russian Federation investigation to future election meddling only". The attorney general concluded Mueller's findings are "not sufficient" to support a charge.

The president has been telling the truth all along and those who have said otherwise have been lying or, to be charitable, allowed their partisan leanings to interfere with their judgment, leading them to premature and inaccurate conclusions. Crucially, the SDNY also uncovered Cohen's participation in a campaign finance violation that involved illegal hush money payments - a crime in which President Donald Trump has been directly implicated.

The president's lawyers have said Trump's conduct fell within his constitutional powers, but Mueller's team deemed the episodes deserving of criminal scrutiny.

Nadler said that "contrary to public reports, I have not heard from the Department [of Justice] about receiving a less-redacted version of the report". Former communications employee Hope Hicks said that she saw the president shortly after and described him as being extremely upset, to the degree she'd only seen one other time, when the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign.

Ultimately, Mueller found Trump's inner circle saved him from himself. But asked for his reaction to arrest last week in London of the group's founder, Julian Assange, he told reporters: "I know nothing about WikiLeaks".

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Markey later told WBUR that "the president very much appears to have tried to obstruct justice, and we need to hear from Mr. Mueller about the seriousness of those efforts by President Trump".

In June 2017, Trump directed White House counsel Don McGahn push for Mueller to be removed.

A key witness in the obstruction investigation was former White House counsel Donald McGahn, who spent more than 30 hours being interviewed by the Mueller team. The President demanded, "How could you let this happen, Jeff?" and said that the Attorney General had "let [him] down", according to the report.

Mueller's office frequently cited the New York Times and the Washington Post, two of the many news outlets that have become openly anti-Trump and printed a slew of misleading stories surrounding the Russian Federation investigation and Trump himself.

The report also notes there was "substantial evidence" that Trump fired James Comey as FBI director in 2017 due to his "unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation".

He broadly denied knowing of any foreign government trying to help his campaign, including the Russian government.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was time to move on from Democrats' effort to "vilify a political opponent".

Even with the release of the report, Democrats continue calling for the full, unredacted report. Barr had said that he would redact grand jury information and material related to ongoing investigation, privacy and intelligence.

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