The case Trump may have obstructed justice, in one paragraph

President Donald Trump.

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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How to share a Google Doc and customize its sharing settings

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Google Docs are a superlative platform for sharing work with colleagues or collaborating on a school project.
Once shared, a Google Doc can be accessed anytime and from anywhere a person has access to it.
Advanced Google Doc sharing options can limit how other people can alter and engage with the content, making sure the original author has control over the document.

Google Docs are some of the handiest tools on the Internet today, offering easy collaboration to people spread far and wide. Once it has been shared by its creator, a Google Doc can be worked on by multiple people simultaneously, allowing for real time additions, edits, and updates.

And as a Google Doc lives on a remote server, not on any one computer, it is safe from loss caused by a computer crash (or theft).

Sharing a Google Doc is as easy as a few clicks and entering email addresses, but make sure you take the time to use the advanced sharing settings if you want to set the document as read only, protecting it from unwanted edits, or even to restrict printing or downloads.

How to share a Google Doc — the basics

1. Go to Google’s home page (while signed in) and click the box formed of nine little dots in the top right corner.

2. Scroll down through the apps, then click on the Google Docs app, which looks like a piece of blue paper with white lines.

3. Create a document (usually blank) then type in its name in the top left corner, and add as much content as you like.

4. Click the blue button reading “Share” in the top right corner.

5. Type in the email addresses of people with whom you want to share the doc; note that they will auto populate if …read more

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50 brilliant organization ideas for around the house — all under $50

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As someone who is not particularly neat on their own, organization does not come naturally to me. That being said, I still crave a space that is tidy so my place looks nice and I know where everything is. In my quest for tidiness, I have purchased many items meant to keep my space more organized and make my life more efficient.

An organized space not only looks great, but it alleviates stress and can make a small space appear larger. There are so many products out there to help you keep your home neat, so you just have to find what methods work best for you and your space. Organizational tools can do wonders for your home, but you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to stay neat. That’s why we compiled this list of affordable, easy organizational solutions.

Check out 50 organizational essentials all under $50:

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A simple shelving display to help arrange your spices

FunDisplay Kitchen Shelving Rack, $17.99, available at Wayfair

This step style kitchen shelving rack elevates your spice collection, so you can actually see what you own. It can be left on the countertop, but also fits well in most cabinets. If you don’t have many spices, this piece works well for holding vitamins and medicine as well.

A sleek way to store and show off your pencils and pens

HBlife Acrylic Pencil and Pen Holder, $9.99, available at Amazon

A …read more

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Does the Mueller report exonerate Trump? I asked 12 legal experts.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

“If this is what a complete and total exoneration looks like, I’d hate to see a damning report.”

Attorney General Bill Barr finally released Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia report on Thursday, reasserting his position that the special counsel found no evidence of collusion or the basis for an obstruction of justice charge.

But the actual report is quite damning. It establishes, among other things, a clear fact pattern showing repeated connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. It also outlines 10 potential instances of obstruction of justice that suggest, at the very least, that President Trump actively sought to undermine Mueller’s investigation.

Despite Barr’s statements, top legal thinkers aren’t so sure that the conclusion should be so cut and dried. I asked 12 legal experts to examine what the report had to say about collusion and obstruction of justice. Specifically, I wanted to know if Barr’s decision not to pursue obstruction charges was justified, and if the evidence of coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign amounted to criminal conspiracy.

There was a near-consensus on both questions. While Mueller may not have had sufficient evidence to charge anyone with conspiracy, the experts agree that plenty of evidence exists. The same is true of the obstruction question. As one expert put it, “the Mueller report provides a road map for prosecuting Trump for obstruction of justice, but stops short of this finding because of legal doubts about indicting a sitting president.”

You can read their full responses, lightly edited for clarity, below.

Jessica Levinson, law professor, Loyola Law School

If we were talking about Mr. Trump, not President Trump, we’d be talking about an indictment for obstruction of justice. Today we know that Attorney General Barr put a highly positive (for Trump) gloss on the report. Today we know that Mueller …read more

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