Barr Redacts Large Parts of Mueller’s Report on Russian Disinformation Campaign

Barr Redacts Large Parts of Mueller’s Report on Russian Disinformation Campaign

It's now clear that his public statements and claims about the report - blatant efforts to spin and deceive - conflict with what the report actually says. Russian Federation has denied election interference. The communications were conducted in secret - at one meeting between Gates, Kilimnik, and Manafort, the attendees left through different doors to avoid detection.

You can also be guilty of obstruction even if you did not commit an underlying crime that you are trying to cover up.

The investigation did not find enough evidence to charge any Trump campaign official as an unregistered agent of the Russian Government.

"The public deserve the facts, not Attorney General's political spin", the California Democrat tweeted. In nearly every such case, the report concludes that "substantial evidence" favors the subordinate's account.

"The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning - there was no collusion - there was no obstruction", a statement read.

Kellyanne Conway, White House Counselor and the first woman to successfully win the White House as a presidential campaign manager, sparred with reporters Thursday afternoon over the release of the Mueller report.

Barr said there were ten episodes involving Trump that were scrutinised for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump agreed to submit written answers, but only about the allegations of Russian interference, not on obstruction of justice.

This is crucial because of how it connects the conspiracy investigation to the obstruction investigation. "It's clear that Barr took President Trump's admonition to his predecessor that "You were supposed to protect me" as a job description, and this creates an incredibly unsafe precedent for the future".

Debra Messing echoed CNN's Ana Navarro, who called Attorney General Barr "disloyal to the Constitution".

This is grossly misleading. According to Mueller's report, however, that does not appear to be true.

"We noted, among other things, that the president stated on more than 30 occasions that he does not "recall" or "remember" or have an "independent recollection" of information called for by the questions". As soon as Barr concluded his remarks, and more than an hour before Mueller's report was released, Trump tweeted a taunt over an image inspired by the HBO show "Game of Thrones".

In one particularly dramatic moment, Mueller reported that Trump was so agitated at the special counsel's appointment on May 17, 2017, that he slumped back in his chair and declared: "Oh my God". McGahn said he wouldn't make the call and that Trump shouldn't either. "After almost two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes", he said. "The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President' s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law".

But Barr insisted on Thursday that the report, albeit a redacted version, will "allow every American to understand the results of the special counsel's investigation".

But this is highly dubious.

The report also revealed, however, a series of incidents in which US President Donald Trump took actions to impede the investigation. But that didn't stop Trump from taking a public victory lap, declaring at a White House event that he was having "a good day".

In analyzing whether Trump obstructed justice, Mueller looked at a series of actions by Trump, including his attempts to remove Mueller and limit the scope of his probe and efforts to prevent the public from knowing about a June, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY between senior campaign officials and Russians.

Trump has long described Mueller's inquiry as a "witch hunt".

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