Mueller didn't charge Trump — but his report is a brutal indictment

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Mueller didn't charge Trump — but his report is a brutal indictment
Analysis: The special counsel's findings reveal three years of actions by the president that critics say rattle the very foundations of the American system of governance.
By Jonathan Allen

"The first volume of the two-part, 448-page report details how Trump and his allies solicited, encouraged, accepted and benefited from the assistance provided by America's most storied foreign adversary as part of a multi-front assault on American democracy."
"The story, in even its most sympathetic telling, is one of a president who used nearly every power vested in his office and his persona — including hiring and firing, the bully pulpit, party loyalty, private intimidation, and disinformation — to cover up ties between his campaign and Russia so that he could spare himself the public humiliation of having won an election that wasn't entirely on the level."
"Frank O. Bowman III, a professor at the University of Missouri School of Law and author of the forthcoming book "High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump" said the Mueller report suggests the president committed impeachable offenses."









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To those that think that the Mueller report cleared Trump, think again. It didn't. There is much being brought out by the pundits who are reviewing his findings and it isn't looking good for Trump.
 

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Mueller didn't charge Trump — but his report is a brutal indictment
Analysis: The special counsel's findings reveal three years of actions by the president that critics say rattle the very foundations of the American system of governance.
By Jonathan Allen














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To those that think that the Mueller report cleared Trump, think again. It didn't. There is much being brought out by the pundits who are reviewing his findings and it isn't looking good for Trump.
The Mueller report is an impeachment referral to Congress and it appears they're going to abrogate their duties.

The redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released on Thursday runs 448 pages. But its most important implication can be summarized in a single sentence: There is sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice to merit impeachment hearings.


A basic principle lies at the heart of the American criminal-justice system: The accused is entitled to a fair defense and a chance to clear his name. Every American is entitled to this protection, from the humblest citizen all the way up to the chief executive. And that, Mueller explained in his report, is why criminal allegations against a sitting president should be considered by Congress and not the Justice Department. The Mueller report, in short, is an impeachment referral.

In his report, Mueller took pains to detail why he “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment” as to whether the president had broken the law by obstructing justice. He began by noting that he accepted the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)—which issues guidance for the executive branch on questions of law—that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

That, Mueller explained, posed an insurmountable problem. A normal investigation would end with a prosecutor deciding to bring charges, or to drop the case. It’s a binary choice. But “fairness concerns counseled against potentially reaching that judgment when no charges can be brought.” Ordinarily, a criminal charge would result in “a speedy and public trial, with all the procedural protections that surround a criminal case.” But if Mueller were to state plainly that, in his judgment, the president had broken the law and obstructed justice, it would afford “no such adversarial opportunity for public name-clearing before an impartial adjudicator.” In other words, because a sitting president cannot be indicted, making such a charge publicly would effectively deny Trump his day in court, and the chance to clear his name.
But if Mueller believes a president could be held to account after he leaves office, he also spelled out another concern with alleging a crime against a sitting president: the risk that it would preempt “constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct.”

The constitutional process for addressing presidential misconduct is impeachment.

As I wrote for this magazine in January, impeachment is best regarded as a process, not an outcome. It’s the constitutional mechanism for investigating whether an executive-branch officer is fit to serve. It requires his accusers to lay out their evidence in public, provides the opportunity for witnesses to be cross-examined, and ultimately forces the House of Representatives to decide whether to impeach—that is, to approve charges that will force a trial in the Senate—or to drop the inquiry, thereby clearing the accused.
The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral
 
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An "impeachment referral"...

LOL !!

I love how the Left has to continually make up words, phrases, and scenarios to pretend this dead horse is still on life support.
 
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An "impeachment referral"...

LOL !!

I love how the Left has to continually make up words, phrases, and scenarios to pretend this dead horse is still on life support.
“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” Mueller wrote in his 448-page report
 
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An "impeachment referral"...

LOL !!

I love how the Left has to continually make up words, phrases, and scenarios to pretend this dead horse is still on life support.
#Trumpcult has become unhinged from reality if they think this report gives Trump a clean bill of health, it is a scathing indictment of malfeasance and corruption, whether or not Democrats have the votes to remove his corrupt ass from office
 
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“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” Mueller wrote in his 448-page report
Uhm-Hmm .....

And, both the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General agreed there was not sufficient evidence of this so called "President’s corrupt use of his authority" to prosecute anything.

Now what?

Say it with me ......

N-O-T-H-I-N-G B-U-R-G-E-R

But, you guys stay tuned, ya hear?

The real indictments are about to start flying .....
 
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“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” Mueller wrote in his 448-page report
It's not Mueller's job to conclude what Congress can and cannot do. Mueller was not appointed to determine constitutional questions.

And, what examples did Mueller provide that has shown corruption on the part of the President?? Or, is this more hot air coming from a team of lawyers who were all Democrats, some of whom were big supporters of Hillary?
 
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