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Friday, April 19, 2019

Analysis: On Friday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack the Mueller report -- and, not-so-subtly -- his former White House counsel Don McGahn ... Here's the delicious irony of Trump attacking his former top lawyer: McGahn's refusal to heed the President's directive to fire Mueller -- or to tell the deputy attorney general to fire Mueller -- very well may have saved Trump's presidency. read more


No, Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and no, he did not conclude that President Trump had obstructed justice. But Mueller emphatically did not find that there had been "no collusion" either.


If Robert Mueller wanted to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction, he found all he needed to do it. And he found it on multiple fronts. But he didn't make a decision on whether to bring the case.

Mueller's report Thursday walked through excruciating detail of evidence in the obstruction of justice investigation and legal analysis, hitting over and over again how prosecutors had enough to meet the legal threshold for a case against Trump.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Yoni Appelbaum: 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. read more


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Big Bang is commonly thought of as the start of it all: About 13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe went boom and expanded into being. But what were things like before the Big Bang? Short answer: We don't know. Long answer: It could have been a lot of things, each mind-bending in its own way


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Barr and Trump at home in the WH:

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No wonder Barr was spinning this Report so hard; It confirms that Russian stole the emails the very same day Trump told them to, it confirms that the Pres ordered his aides to obstruct justice, and it lays out a case for Congress to start hearings on obstruction of justice... even citing precedence for them to do so.

Now they just want Mueller to testify to those things in the Report before Congress.

"Barbara McQuade (@BarbMcQuade), Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and Co-Chair of the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee from 2010-2017.

She explains how the report could be used as "a roadmap for Congress" on potential impeachment proceedings.

The Mueller Report appears to be a roadmap for Congress to conduct impeachment proceedings as to obstruction of justice. The report explains that the special counsel believed that a sitting president could not be indicted, and that "fairness counseled against" concluding that President Trump committed crimes because he could not avail himself of the normal adversary process for public name-clearing before an impartial adjudicator.

Instead, Mueller decided to "preserve the evidence when memories were fresh and documentary materials were available." The report does not say that the special counsel left it to the Attorney General to decide, as Barr indicated in his letter to Congress.

Instead, Mueller lays out 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice, stating, "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

This is not a tie or a tossup. This is a referral to Congress. Mueller did not recommend charges because he did not believe it was his role to do so."

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Five-finger discount... quote lifted from Gal's important thread quoting legal experts here:

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