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"Here are 7 key lines from the Mueller report

Trump campaign "expected" help from Russians but did not conspire

Here's how the report put it:

"[T]he investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts..."

Aides refused to help efforts to obstruct

Mueller reports that because aides and advisers to Trump refused to "carry out orders," the President was prevented from influencing the special counsel's investigation.

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

Mueller says Congress can pursue investigation of Trump obstruction

Members of Congress will zero in on one critical section in Mueller's report. The special counsel provides a constitutional justification for its own investigation, but also points out that Congress can also apply obstruction laws in investigating and impeaching a sitting president.

Here's the relevant line in the report: "The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law."

The report also cites Supreme Court precedent and the separation of powers to say "the Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunize a President for obstructing justice."

much more at the link

www.cnn.com

This Report is basically saying that "yeah, the criminal robbed the bank, but he wasn't in our jurisdiction".

Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," Mueller wrote in his report, which the Justice Department released in redacted form on Thursday.

"Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment," the report said.

Mueller did not conclude that the president committed a crime. Instead, in its 448 pages of legal analysis and supporting evidence, his report detailed "multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations."

"The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," the report said.
The report indicated that Mueller decided earlier in his investigation that he would not make a specific decision about obstruction charges and would, instead, defer to lawmakers.

"We determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes," the report said. Because Justice Department policy holds that a sitting president can't be subject to trial, an accusation of criminal conduct would put a president in limbo, under a cloud, but unable to clear himself, he wrote.

That problem doesn't apply to congressional proceedings, Mueller wrote, and Congress has full power to judge the president's conduct.

Even if a president exercised powers that came with his office, "Congress has authority to prohibit a President's corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice," he wrote.

Mueller did not express an opinion on whether the evidence would add up to an impeachable offense but noted that "the conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the president's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law."


www.latimes.com

"Read me the part where Trump is an agent of Russia."

Bold in original:

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He is a former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy; and, at the CIA, a former Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations, and former Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Counterterrorism Center. He explains the different standards in assessing criminal liability and ---------------- activity and why it takes longer to prove the latter:

Every reader of the Mueller report should examine the evidence from two vantage points with distinctly different standards of judgment. What crimes were committed? That is a question of the law. Second, did members of the Trump campaign establish contact with agents of a foreign power (Russian intelligence and/or Wikileaks) for the purpose of enlisting their assistance to help get Trump elected? Those are two different questions that could have opposing answers. On the one hand, collusion/conspiracy might not reach the legal threshold for prosecution. On the other hand, not reaching the legal standard for prosecution does not "exonerate" anyone from being guilty of ---------------- activity. That is a separate determination based on different standards evidence that applies to prosecution.

Historically speaking, it is common for FBI and CIA to have gathered sufficient evidence against a target of a counterintelligence investigation to establish that someone is a spy. In many cases, however, there is insufficient evidence to arrest and prosecute that person. It can take years to reach the legal threshold for prosecution for espionage activity even if the counterintelligence case is compelling. Thus, it should not be surprising if the case for collusion in the Mueller report is not conclusive.


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