The coming days will likely tell us the whole tale of the Mueller report…or, at least all that we’re ever going to hear.
The 400+ page report details a complex and nefarious scheme by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, but hasn’t yet been made fully public despite a massive public and politicly outcry.
That decision was left up to the “top cop” in the nation, Attorney General Bill Barr, who last week refused to return to Capitol Hill for a second day of testimony in front of Congress about the report itself…among other things.
Now, with a vote as to whether or not to hold the Attorney General in contempt fast approaching, (and possibly to have him arrive to Congress in handcuffs as well), another set of legal minds have injected themselves into the saga of the report with an opinion of their own.
More than 370 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations have signed on to a statement asserting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against President Trump — if not for the office he held.
The statement — signed by myriad former career government employees as well as high-profile political appointees — offers a rebuttal to Attorney General William P. Barr’s determination that the evidence Mueller uncovered was “not sufficient” to establish that Trump committed a crime.
Mueller had declined to say one way or the other whether Trump should have been charged, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, as well as concerns about the fairness of accusing someone for whom there can be no court proceeding.
The statement flies in the face of Barr’s own testimony to the contrary last week.
The political motives of the letter can be clearly dissected without much effort.
Among the high-profile signers are Bill Weld, a former U.S. attorney and Justice Department official in the Reagan administration who is running against Trump as a Republican; Donald Ayer, a former deputy attorney general in the George H.W. Bush Administration; John S. Martin, a former U.S. attorney and federal judge appointed to his posts by two Republican presidents; Paul Rosenzweig, who served as senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr; and Jeffrey Harris, who worked as the principal assistant to Rudolph W. Giuliani when he was at the Justice Department in the Reagan administration.
With Bill Barr set to face the congressional music on Wednesday, and this new letter for the mainstream media to spin, it seems that we are far from through with the Mueller report.
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