Thu
Apr 18 2019
09:10 am

Russia, a hostile foreign power, hacked the Democratic Candidates emails and provided them to the Trump campaign and further interfered in the Presidential election process in order to elect Donald Trump President of the United States of America!

Did everyone miss the part

Did everyone miss the part where Barr overruled Mueller as to whether the President committed Obstruction of justice?

"Barr said Trump did not obstruct justice – but admitted he had ‘disagreed with some of the special counsel’s legal theories’ in coming to that conclusion"

I'm starting to wonder if

I'm starting to wonder if there was no finding of collusion BECAUSE of the obstruction.

I conclude you have a valid point

We should simply do away with "collusion" as a legal concept in this case. Mueller bent over backwards to be a loyal Republican at the same time he was trying to be a loyal American patriot. I think he failed at the latter. Mueller failed to state simply that there is ample evidence that Trump committed multiple instances of obstruction of justice but that his mandate precluded the indictment of a sitting President so he leaves that to Congress. (Curious in that Republicans had no problem indicting the sitting President when it was Bill Clinton).

The report specifically did

The report specifically did not address "collusion" (that was someone else's spin). The report instead addressed criminal conspiracy (a much narrower scope) . . .

In evaluating whether evidence about collective action of multiple individuals constituted a crime, we applied the framework of conspiracy law, not the concept of "collusion." In so doing, the Office recognized that the word "collud[e]" was used in communications with the Acting Attorney General confirming certain aspects of the investigation's scope and that the term has frequently been invoked in public reporting about the investigation. But collusion is not a specific offense or theory of liability found in the United States Code, nor is it a term of art in federal criminal law. For those reasons , the Office's focus in analyzing questions of joint criminal liability was on conspiracy as defined in federal law.

(Page 2, Introduction)

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