Mueller rejected arguments made by Barr Trump is NOT shielded by his unique constitutional role and powers.

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Mueller wrote that if his office had confidence that Trump did not commit obstruction,

"we would so state." But based on the facts and the law, he wrote, "we were unable to reach that judgment."


Special counsel Robert Mueller wrote in his final report that his office would have exonerated President Donald Trump if the evidence had supported it, but based on the information they had, they could not do that.

Mueller concluded the obstruction section, known as Volume II of the report, by exploring arguments from Trump’s lawyers about why federal obstruction laws couldn’t apply to Trump for actions he took in his power as president — for instance, removing executive branch officials from office or shutting down a law enforcement operation. Mueller wrote that Trump’s proposed interpretation went against the Justice Department's own positions and wasn’t supported by the legal principles that guide lawyers in interpreting federal laws.

Mueller wrote that historical guidance from the Justice Department against indicting a sitting president in part guided his decision not to make a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” about whether Trump committed obstruction. The Office of Legal Counsel had previously issued an opinion that the indictment of a sitting president would “impermissibly undermine” the functions of the executive branch, and Mueller said he recognized that independently as well.

Mueller wrote in the introduction to the section of his report on obstruction that Trump “took a variety of actions” related to the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference “that raised questions about whether he had obstructed justice.

Mueller’s report explains how he went about the investigation, including the decision not to subpoena Trump. Mueller wrote that his office believed they had the authority to issue a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s testimony, but decided not to do so because it would create a “substantial delay” at a late stage of the probe. He also wrote that his office believed they had enough evidence from other sources.

Although Mueller stopped short of deciding whether Trump committed a crime, he offered what he described as “general conclusions” about Trump’s behavior. Mueller wrote that Trump repeatedly took actions “that were capable of exerting undue influence” over the Russia and obstruction investigations, including his efforts to remove Mueller, limit the scope of the probe, and influence the testimony of witnesses.


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Which undercut Trump's claim that Mueller, in addition to Barr, had cleared him of wrongdoing on obstruction

(Not quite)
 
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So Mueller's big gripe is that Trump obstructed something that never happened in the first place?

The whole investigation into him was a farce but now you want to get Trump on obstructing it?

That is hilarious.

There was no crime, never was.

Does Mueller, anywhere, say that his investigation was impeded in any way?

No.
 
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Mueller wrote that Trump repeatedly took actions - over the...

1. The Russia Investigations
and
2. The Obstruction investigations

That statement acknowledges Mueller knew Trump repeately interfeared with both the Russian Investigation and the Obstruction of Justice investigation. You really can't have an obsruction investigation without Russian - what was he trying to obstruct?

Generally, we all know something will be done to correct Trump demand of being cleared with the connection to Russia - no question about that. I think we are all looking forward to that miscarriage of justice being reversed
 
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May 2012
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2nd post

Mueller wrote that Trump repeatedly took actions - over the...

1. The Russia Investigations
and
2. The Obstruction investigations

That statement acknowledges Mueller knew Trump repeately interfeared with both the Russian Investigation and the Obstruction of Justice investigation. You really can't have an obsruction investigation without Russian - what was he trying to obstruct?

Generally, we all know something will be done to correct Trump demand of being cleared with the connection to Russia - no question about that. I think we are all looking forward to that miscarriage of justice being reversed
If he knew Trump interfered then why didn't he charge him with obstruction?
 
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Mueller wrote ....that if his office had confidence that Trump did not commit obstruction,


*"we would so state." *

But based on the facts and the law, he wrote, "we were unable to reach that judgment."




 
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