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Fri May 3, 2019, 10:59 AM

BTRTN April 2019 Month in Review: The Mueller Report is Over! Long Live the Mueller Report!

Born to Run the Numbers on a dizzying month of April, in which AG Barr made every effort to smother the Mueller Report... only to discover that it will morph, multiply, and continue to haunt the Trump White House.


Excerpts: "The Mueller report was finally released on April 18, redacted in part and preceded by another volley from Trump’s ever-spinning personal attorney, oops, that is, Attorney General William Barr. The man charged with representing U.S. citizens and protecting the laws of the land held a press conference in advance of the release, and continued the self-demolition job on his own reputation earned across decades in Washington. And thus began the sequel, or sequels, to the Mueller Report. One can count at least six different tracks that the release has spawned, all of which will play out in the coming months as we careen towards 2020.
"On obstruction of justice, Mueller was far more damning. While he declined to charge Trump with obstruction -- in accordance with Department of Justice guidelines the preclude indicting a sitting president – Volume II of the report left a trail of bread crumbs worthy of an entire Pepperidge Farm factory for Congress to pursue the case on its own. He pointedly concluded that he did have the ability to exonerate Trump from obstruction charges -- but could not do so given the evidence. But he did not have the power to indict, so he left that to Congress, and provided them with a boatload of evidence...
"Perhaps the most consequential statement in the entire report was this:'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 request.' Obviously Mueller believed Trump himself had attempted to obstruct justice repeatedly, and was a least partially successful. Thus began the Mueller mutation, with at least six different new tracks to follow from here..."

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