Russia dismisses Mueller report, 'it shows no reasonable proof' of Russian meddling

Saturday, 20 Apr, 2019

The newly released redacted version of the Mueller report contains no proof or new information on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the Kremlin's spokesman has said.

Nadler went on to say that the redactions made in the report "appear to be significant" and he said that "we have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the special counsel developed to make this case".

The Mueller investigation found extensive attempts by Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election in order to elect Trump. The former White House counsel, who stepped down in October, saved President Donald Trump from his worst instincts, displaying a legal savvy and high ethical standard that served both the president and the country well. Mr. Trump repeatedly asked Mr. Sessions to "unrecuse" himself and threatened to fire him if he did not.

In particular, the report outlines how Trump told then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to inform the acting attorney general that Mueller should be removed in June 2017 - a demand McGahn ignored. Not only did Mueller catalog considerable evidence that Trump's relationship to the Russian conspiracy was, shall we say, warm, he laid out, in helpful 10-point format, Trump's various efforts Trump to obstruct any investigation into said relationship (or into any other crimes that such an investigation might uncover).

The report, with some portions blacked out to protect sensitive information, revealed details of how Mr Trump tried to force Mr Mueller's ouster, directed members of his administration to publicly vouch for his innocence and dangled a pardon to a former aide to try to prevent him from cooperating with the special counsel.

In a redacted version of Mueller's 448-page report released Thursday morning, the special counsel concluded there was no evidence that Trump or his campaign conspired with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

As for the president's legal team calling the report a total victory, she says that is just branding magic. "Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion".

In short, Barr's March 24 letter left the impression that Mueller punted on obstruction because the questions were simply too hard and so the boss needed to step in and make the tough call.

It's clear from the report, that had Mueller been clear to charge a sitting president, Trump could have, and likely would have, been indicted for obstruction on multiple counts. Although Trump campaign aide J.D. Gordon got Republicans to soften a platform plank on Russian Federation, and told others he was on the phone with Trump about it, Mueller did not find evidence they had actually spoken. He covers USA politics and current affairs.

Special counsel Robert Mueller in Washington, March 24, 2019.

"He regularly used the office of the presidency to attempt to manipulate and delegitimize one of the most critical national security investigations of our time", Leahy said.

Democratic Congressmember Kim Schrier had not read the report when she spoke to KIRO Radio Thursday morning, but said that she had looked at summaries and transcripts from Attorney General Barr and that so far "nothing has surprised me".

Congressional Democrats have today begun legal action to see all of Mr Mueller's evidence from his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, with an eye to using the probe's findings against President Donald Trump.

He said, "We need the entire report, unredacted, and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions". But Mueller wrote that he believed prosecutors would be unlikely to meet the burden of proof to show that Donald Trump Jr. and other participants in the Trump Tower meeting "had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful".

But the committee's top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, said the subpoena was "wildly overbroad" and that Trump already declined to assert executive privilege in a move of "unprecedented openness".

Though a seemingly backhanded exoneration, the younger Trump tweeted a series of attacks on Democrats.

While declining to prosecute Trump for obstruction, the special counsel said such a determination could be left to the US Congress. Collins said Nadler was rushing the process for political gain.