Legal Eagle reviews the Mueller report

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05 Aug 2019, 4:03 am

I think this is a good analysis that puts the Mueller report in context. Essentially, Mueller could not say the President committed a crime, because the President cannot be indicted; but Mueller could have said the President was innocent, if he believed the President was innocent. What is notable is that Mueller did not state that the President was innocent. Basically, Mueller could not have said the President was "guilty", but he could have said either that the President was "not guilty" or "not not guilty", and Mueller opted for "not not guilty". The Mueller report was not an impeachment referral, though Mueller did reaffirm the oversight authority of Congress over the Executive Branch. Mr. Mueller is "the quintessential institutionalist" and essentially played the report as safe as he could.

But still, there were some damning passages. Mueller had some evidence of conspiracy and collusion, but probably not beyond a reasonable doubt. But when it came to obstruction of justice, it was particularly damning, and Mueller noted he found substantial evidence of acts that could give rise to obstruction of justice:

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Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations...carried out through one-on-one meetings in which the President sought to use his official power outside of usual channels.


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The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the individuals who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.




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05 Aug 2019, 4:43 am

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05 Aug 2019, 4:57 am

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It has to be, because he can't directly accuse or indict a sitting President. Doesn't mean the report is useless, though.


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