LETTER: Was Trump exonerated?

Published: 7/30/2019 8:00:22 PM
Was Trump exonerated?

On March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his “Report On the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” to Attorney General Barr. On March 24, 2019, Donald Trump stated that the report was a “complete and total exoneration” of him. But was Trump really exonerated?

Volume 1: Per the Mueller Report; “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion… First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against...the Clinton campaign and then released stolen documents. The investigation also identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.”

Donald Trump called the Russian investigation a witch hunt and hoax. On July 24, 2019, Robert Mueller testified before Congress House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff asked Mueller “your investigation is not a witch hunt, is it?” Mueller replied “It is not a witch hunt.” He also asked, “When the President said the Russian interference was a hoax, that was false, wasn’t it?” Mueller replied, “True.”

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler asked whether the investigation “totally” exonerated the president and Mueller replied “No.”

The Mueller report did state that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Mueller followed that comment with, “A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts.”

Mueller stated further “The Office learned that some of the individuals we interviewed...including the Trump Campaign, deleted relevant communications during the relevant period using applications that feature encryption or that do not provide for long-term retention of data. The office was unable to corroborate witness statements...or fully question witnesses about statements that appear inconsistent with other known facts...given these identified gaps, the office cannot rule out the possibility that the unavailable information would shed additional light on...the events described in the report.”

Volume II: The Mueller report noted; “Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations.”

Examples: firing FBI Director Comey, ordering subordinates to remove the Special Counsel, ordering subordinates to fabricate documents, asking Attorney General Sessions to un-recuse himself then limit the Special Counsel’s investigation to future election interference, witness tampering.

An untested Office of Legal Counsel opinion prohibited the Special Council from indicting Trump, stating, “A sitting President may not be prosecuted.” One thousand former Federal Prosecutors signed a joint statement which read “Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Robert Mueller’s report would in the case of any other person result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.”

Robert Mueller, the patriotic Marine, completed his mission despite enduring withering criticism. The country is indebted to him. Semper Fi!

Paul Guimond

Royalston


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