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Bill Barr: Mueller listed 10 episodes of potential obstruction — but Trump is cleared by his ‘non-corrupt motives’

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Attorney General William Barr revealed special counsel Robert Mueller examined 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump — but he disagreed with his assessment.

Barr said the president entered the White House in an “unprecedented situation,” given the numerous investigation into his possible illegal associations with Russia during the campaign.

Barr said he and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversaw most of his investigation, “disagreed with some of the special counsel’s legal theories.”

“The president was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency,” Barr said, “propelled by his political opponents, and fueled by illegal leaks.”

Therefore, he said, that amounted to “evidence of noncorrupt motives,” which he believes absolves the president from criminal wrongdoing.

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Barr said Trump took “no act” to deprive Mueller of documents or witnesses, although he refused to sit for an interview himself, and instead submitted written responses to the special counsel’s questions.


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Congress should ask Mueller these specific questions about Trump’s involvement with Russia: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Never-Trump columnist Jennifer Rubin outlined the essential questions that Democrats should ask special counsel Robert Mueller in an op-ed for the Washington Post.

"Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning," proposed Rubin. "Members could then follow up with additional questions.'

One question she proposed asking: "Mr. Mueller, the attorney general said you did not find 'collusion.' However, you did not look for collusion. Please explain what you looked for and how that differs from [Attorney General William] Barr’s assertion that you essentially cleared President Trump of collusion?"

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‘Is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade’: Trump once ‘joked’ John Bolton wants ‘to nuke them all’

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Even President Donald Trump recognizes that John Bolton is a war-loving hawk, Axios reported Sunday.

In a conversation that included the Irish prime minister, Trump asked Bolton, "John, is Ireland one of those countries you want to invade?"

The scene was during the annual St. Patrick's Day visit. Typically it's a photo-op, a handshake, and men in green ties with a shamrock sprig in their jacket pocket. Trump managed to turn it into an awkward scene for everyone.

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Mueller probably won’t be giving new information — here’s why that can still sink Trump

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will appear in Congress this week to testify for two hours about the report he authored on the case of Russian collusion.

The hearing is set for Wednesday, though Mueller has said that he won't have any additional information other than what is in his report. A Washington Post report used examples of past Mueller testimony to outline what can be anticipated. The reality, however, is that regardless of whether Mueller sticks to the report or not, he'll deliver enough to put the president in a difficult situation.

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