On Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr released the full redacted Mueller report that showed President Trump did not collude with Russia.
While the report completely exonerated the President from collusion, it didn’t necessarily clear him of obstruction of justice. Although this is the case, don’t you think it’s pretty hard to obstruct justice in an investigation where you didn’t even committed a crime?
Now that this two year long witch hunt is finally over, it’s important to examine the key takeaways from the report. Here they are:
No evidence of collusion:
The Mueller report clearly stated that then candidate Trump in no way colluded with the Russian government.
“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the Mueller report clearly said.
Check out what Fox News reported:
The investigation further looked into the meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the week of the Republican National Convention and afterward; Manafort’s connections to Russia through his previous work for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and a pro-Russian regime in Ukraine; and the Trump Tower Moscow Project.
According to the report, Mueller’s team looked into whether the campaign intended to work with Russia to interfere in the election, but “the investigation did not establish such coordination,” the report said.
‘Catalyst’ for Comey’s firing
The Mueller report makes it clear that the President fired James Comey because the former FBI director refused to announce public that he was NOT under investigation at the time.
“Substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the president’s decision to fire Comey was Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the president’s repeated requests that Comey make such an announcement,” the statement reads.
In the next section, “indicates that the President wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign.”
“The day after learning about the FBI’s interview of (Michael) Flynn, the President had a one-on-one dinner with Comey, against the advice of senior aides, and told Comey he needed Comey’s ‘loyalty.’ When the President later asked Comey for a second time to make public that he was not under investigation, he brought up loyalty again, saying ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing, you know.’”
The report claims Trump “had a motive to put the FBI’s Russia investigation behind him,” but the evidence “does not establish that the termination of Comey was designed to cover up a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” it reads.
Trump’s initial reaction to the appointment of the Special Council was very unlike him
Check out what Fox News reported:
Trump, after learning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the investigation, “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—ed,” according to the report.
The report continues to say Trump subsequently “lambasted” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for his decision to recuse from the investigation. The report states the president went on to say Sessions was “supposed to protect [him],’ or words to that effect.”
“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,” Trump added, according to the report.
The investigation is over but the Left has made it clear that even though the Mueller report clearly showed that the President didn’t collude with Russia, they will try to impeach him anyway.
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