No proof in Mueller's report of Russian meddling


The second volume of the Mueller report details a series of 10 episodes, each of which could constitute an instance of obstruction of justice, ranging from Trump's efforts to obtain leniency for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, to his firing of FBI Director James Comey, his attempts to fire Mueller himself, and his dangling pardons in front of witnesses ranging from former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to Michael Cohen, former attorney and "fixer" for the Trump Organization. "The evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges".

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base April 18, 2019 in Maryland prior to boarding Air Force One for departure to Florida where they will spend the Easter weekend.

Still, some former officials Thursday seized upon the report's confirmation of the us intelligence community's initial findings.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, Jody Hunt, took notes of his conversation with Trump after the president learned that Mueller had been appointed as special counsel. 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. While it outlines an extensive campaign of Russian interference to help Mr. Trump win - and connections between his circle and Moscow - it concludes that the President's campaign did not collude. And Barr's four-page summary about a report 112 times as long wasn't almost as clear-cut as Barr let on or as the president tweeted at the time. "He said he didn't meddle". It states that Trump Jr. got a Twitter direct message from WikiLeaks in September 2016 asking him to comment on an anti-Trump website that was set to launch. "You can only ask so many times". In January 2018, news broke about Trump's order to McGahn to fire Mueller. They scanned for their names to see what Mueller had said about them and how he had characterized their testimony, and wondered how those depictions might sit with a mercurial president. "I don't see any reason why it would be".

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Tulsa: "Many of my colleagues have claimed for years that they have substantial evidence against our President, that they know for a fact that he colluded with Russian Federation".

Some former officials worry nonetheless that without a more forceful USA response, Russian Federation or other adversaries will seek to get away with such behavior again.

Trump, driven by both racism and corruption, really does not want to allow migrants from Central America into the country to apply for political asylum, and simply does not accept that both US law and global agreements give them that right.

But if they do, it will not be in a USA court of law.

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The 400-page document deals primarily with whether any members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russian Federation to get him elected and whether the president sought to obstruct justice.

The report reveals that Trump tried repeatedly through a variety of means to curtail the investigation - but that his subordinates ignored or resisted his wishes. "We're certainly not seeing the counterintelligence investigation". Instead, a campaign aide just wanted it to reflect what Trump had said publicly.

The poll responses were sharply split along party lines, with Democrats much more critical of Trump than his fellow Republicans. "Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion".

Sanders called for efforts to prevent future foreign interference in elections. Among them, according to intelligence officials, has been the quality of the Kremlin's spycraft, which left many Americans in the dark. Mueller also declined to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, despite amassing considerable evidence that the president had attempted to shut down the special counsel investigation. "I can tell you that the behavior is not befitting of the office, it is not respectful of the office of the presidency or of the American people".

US media outlets and numerous "high-profile" individuals were also taken in by the IRA.

FILE - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes remarks at a Pennsylvania Democrats Pittsburgh Organizing Event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Nov. 4, 2016.

Nadler made the announcement in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, saying he believed President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, even though DOJ Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he did not.

"There's many parts of it that are disturbing, and we continue to digest it", Ferguson said.