“…when Sessions told the president that a special counsel had been appointed, the president slumped back in his chair and said: ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.’” (p.290)
There sure are a lot of folks downloading the redacted Mueller Report.
As far as I know, ignorance of the law and an inability to succeed at a criminal enterprise is not a legal defense. And it should NEVER be used as an excuse for the President of the United States’ trying but failing to thwart justice.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) April 18, 2019
Upon first reading, the redactions are relatively light, and aside from the Barr spin about POTUS* “frustration”, the Mueller report does provide greater clarity for Congressional investigation. Ultimately it shows how all the attempts at spin were desperate, including today’s AG presser.
There are some fascinating items including a description of Individual-1’s holding on to Jeff Sessions’s resignation letter as a “shock collar” as well as some items of “personal privacy” that perhaps are more about “expletive deleted” items.
Mueller's obstruction conclusion: "…if we had confidence…that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment." pic.twitter.com/LhtK0YGQHt
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 18, 2019
What is a “Personal Privacy” redaction in such a government document. Whose personal privacy? Some items like Corey Lewandowski’s submitted materials might have more embarrassing contents.
Mueller: Trump made a concerted effort to get Corey Lewandowski to get then-attorney general Jeff Sessions to limit the Mueller investigation to…preventing future election interference. pic.twitter.com/0kYkASGQ4i
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 18, 2019
Trump’s efforts to influence the Mueller investigation were rebuffed by those he ordered to do it, report says.
James Comey, Don McGahn, Rick Dearborn, Corey Lewandowski — they wouldn’t do it. pic.twitter.com/7Cc7fqsQys
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 18, 2019
Trump's campaign chairman handed a former KGB agent internal polling data including important data about the battleground states Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, which provided the extremely narrow electoral college win for Trump.
Barr calls this "no collusion."
— digby (@digby56) April 18, 2019
"You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job (as president) in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role." – @LindseyGrahamSC #MuellerReport https://t.co/6vHpykbl08
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 18, 2019
Seems worth noting. Red underline is part Barr quoted, blue underline the part he omitted. pic.twitter.com/5UOC22ZsZk
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 18, 2019
— Here & Now (@hereandnow) April 18, 2019
It seems like the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia was like its relationship with superPACs or the NRA. They were working in concert, and both sides knew it, but they weren't technically collaborating. (At least as far as we know.)
Does that sound correct?
— David Litt (@davidlitt) April 18, 2019
NEW: Russian attackers gained access to the network of at least "one Florida county government" according to Mueller report. No county government has said publicly that Russia gained access leading up to 2016. pic.twitter.com/OGUjux8Ifw
— Miles Parks (@MilesParks) April 18, 2019
Mueller's investigation "established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government. Those links included Russian offers of assistance to the Campaign. In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offer." pic.twitter.com/kiJPtzDy2y
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 18, 2019
The report is worse than the worst expectation. Not only as a narrative but documenting instance after instance of High Crimes not fully known.
Democrats who have been hesitant to impeach need to tread carefully -including the 2020 field- and listen to what Mueller is shouting.
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) April 18, 2019