This is one of the most important paragraphs in Mueller’s report.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump-Russia investigation does not reach a hard conclusion on whether President Donald Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice. But it’s certainly very suggestive about Trump’s actions and intent.
One paragraph in the report is especially pertinent here:
In this investigation, the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference. But the evidence does point to a range of other possible personal motives animating the President’s conduct. These include concerns that continued investigation would call into question the legitimacy of his election and potential uncertainty about whether certain events — such as advance notice of WikiLeaks’s release of hacked information or the June 9, 2016 meeting between senior campaign officials and Russians — could be seen as criminal activity by the President, his campaign, or his family.
In short, Mueller did not find evidence that Trump directly colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election — so he probably wasn’t obstructing justice to cover up a secret plot with the Russians.
But that doesn’t exonerate Trump; it’s possible Trump still tried to obstruct an investigation against him just because it might make him, his campaign, or his family look bad or guilty of other crimes. (Crucially, obstruction of justice doesn’t necessarily require an underlying crime.)
This isn’t baseless speculation. In the section of Mueller’s report covering obstruction of justice, Mueller cites repeated examples that Trump did seemingly attempt to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation.
For example, Trump pushed then–White House counsel Don McGahn to get Mueller fired, according to Mueller’s report. In conversations with McGahn, Trump reportedly said that “Mueller has to go” and discussed “knocking out Mueller.” He discussed the idea …read more
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