Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump actions that Mueller investigated for possible obstruction of justice

Trump actions that Mueller investigated for possible obstruction of justice

Trump and his advisers can herald the fact that two years of investigation ended without criminal charges for the president, not only on obstruction but also on criminal conspiracy with Russian Federation to help him win the 2016 election.

When Comey testified in front of Congress in March 2017 about the FBI's ongoing investigation into the 2016 campaign, he revealed that his agents had been looking into "any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

"The Special Counsel's investigation established that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations".

The special counsel investigated 11 episodes of possible obstruction that spanned Trump's actions as president and his campaign's efforts to obscure its contacts with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.

"Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton campaign and then released stolen documents".

The 448-page report provides new details on what was a coordinated and extensive Russian government effort to undermine the United States electoral process.

Mueller said McGahn feared Trump was setting in motion a series of events "akin to the Saturday Night Massacre", the Nixonian effort to rein in the Watergate investigation.

"The protection of the criminal justice system from corrupt acts by any person-including the President-accords with the fundamental principle of our government that '[n] o [person] in this country is so high that he is above the law, '" the report states. Mr Mueller's report finds that the Russian government supported a Trump presidency, and "worked to secure that outcome".

Finally Chuck and Nancy argue "the special counsel's report confirms that members of the Trump campaign were aware of Russian attempts to interfere with the election".

Mr Mueller's 448-page report, the product of a 22-month investigation, built a broad case that Mr Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, although it did not exonerate him.

"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 stated.

"Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the president's conduct". But the part of the report celebrities seemed most interested in was where it noted multiple examples involving the president that could be viewed as obstruction of justice, though the special counsel opted not to decide if a crime had been committed.

Notably, Mueller said Trump twice called White House counsel Don McGahn to demand that he get Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller. "I didn't campaign on it, & rarely discuss it unprompted", she said on Twitter.

Lawyers were "unable to reach" a decision on obstruction and they did not "make a traditional prosecution decision".

"In analysing the president's intent in his actions towards Cohen as a potential witness, there is evidence that could support the inference that the president meant to discourage Cohen from cooperating with the government because Cohen's information would shed adverse light on the president's campaign-period conduct and statements".

The President was also fixated on Mr. Sessions, who had recused himself from overseeing Mr. Mueller's investigation.

"According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God".

If Trump were ever on the verge of being removed from office by the Senate as the result of impeachment, he would likely end up resigning instead, just as President Richard Nixon did.

"I'm fucked, '" the report said.

"Sessions recalled that the President said to him, 'You were supposed to protect me, ' or words to that effect". Trump said he was going to joke and say "at least for 10 or 14 years, but we would cause bedlam if I said that".

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