Read Mueller report
To the Journal editor:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report does not exonerate Donald Trump. On the contrary, it is an indictment of him.
(I believe) the report outlines at least 10 instances of obstruction of Justice. Obstruction of justice is a felony. Over 1,000 former federal prosecutors have signed a statement to the effect that there is enough evidence in the redacted report that any ordinary citizen would be indicted for obstruction of justice(1). Makes one wonder what’s behind the redactions? In fact Mr. Mueller stated that “If we had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so”(2). He also said “Charging the president with a crime was…not an option we could consider.”
His team was hampered by the fact that they could not even run a proper criminal investigation because of the OLC policy. He also stated in his press conference that the DoJs policy of not indicting sitting presidents was unconstitutional.
As to the “collusion” allegations Mr. Mueller, again, did not entirely exonerate Mr. Trump. What he reported is that the evidence collected “did not rise to the level of indictment”. Considering that he was not allowed to indict a sitting president no level of evidence would have been sufficient.
He also stated that if not for the “lies, destruction of evidence, deletion of emails (imagine that, deleting emails and not one republican calling for an investigation) and the unavailability of key witnesses” their investigation may have reached a different conclusion.
He is also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony campaign finance violation case.
This report, in my opinion, is not only an indictment of Mr. Trump but also an indictment of the republican party in general. The majority of Republican elected officials are aiding and abetting Mr. Trump in his ongoing efforts to obstruct justice.
It is also an indictment of Attorney General Barr who seems to be doing everything in his power to aid and abet Mr. Trump in his seeming continuing obstruction of justice.
In conclusion Mr. Trump, again, was not exonerated of crimes. He is an unindicted criminal and that is not okay. Anybody who thinks it is okay just because he has an (R) after his name is wrong.
Think about it.