The Mueller report does not conclude that Trump committed a crime, nor does it conclude that Trump did not do anything wrong.
Read Barr’s letter to Congress on Mueller’s findings:
Mueller left the complicated legal questions on Trump unanswered, “For each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leave unresolved what the special counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the President’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction. The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.'”
Congress is going to have to investigate obstruction of justice
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler put it best:
“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 24, 2019
Mueller stuck to his narrow legal mandate, and as legal experts have been warning for years, conspiracy is one of the most difficult crimes to prove. The Mueller report’s lack of decisive conclusions means that congressional investigators are going to have to do their own investigations. As Rep. Nadler said earlier on Sunday, Democrats don’t want to waste time redoing Mueller’s investigation. They want to see the report and follow any leads that come from Mueller’s work.
This report does not convict or exonerate Trump. It leaves more questions that will have to be pursued in the days to come.
The lack of detail and context in Barr’s summary is why the full report must immediately be released.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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