After many months, special counsel Robert Mueller finally concluded his Russia investigation, left behind a lengthy report on his findings and closed his office in Washington, D.C. But former federal prosecutors Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance, in an in-depth report for NBC News’ website, stress that the work Mueller started is far from over — and it is up to Congress to pick up where Mueller left off.
President Donald Trump has been claiming that Mueller’s report was a total vindication of him and that Mueller ruled out the possibility of obstruction of justice — a claim that Attorney General William Barr has agreed with. However, McQuade and Vance (both of whom are law professors who serve as legal analysts for NBC News and MSNBC) don’t share that view.
“Attorney General William Barr did the country a disservice when he withheld the Mueller report from public view for weeks, while claiming Mueller concluded there was ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’” McQuade and Vance write in their June 18 article. “That is not what the report says. And that is not how the American public or Congress should understand the report’s conclusions.”
McQuade and Vance note that Mueller was “bound by” Department of Justice (DOJ) policy “that prohibits indictment of a sitting president.” But that doesn’t mean that Mueller ruled out the possibility of obstruction of justice, the former U.S. attorneys emphasize.
“While the Mueller report itself has been completed,” McQuade and Vance assert, “the work Mueller seems to have envisioned is far from over — namely, a decision as to whether there will be any consequences for obstructive conduct engaged in by the president.”
McQuade and Vance go on to cite examples of “obstructive conduct that the evidence in the Mueller report plainly establishes” — in June 2017, for example, Trump “asked the White House counsel, Don McGahn, to arrange for Mueller to be fired.” Later, McQuade and Vance add, Trump “made multiple efforts to get McGahn to refute the stories, including one that included a threat to fire McGahn if he did not do so. McGahn refused.”
The NBC News/MSNBC legal analysts note that when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe in 2017, Trump “tried to enlist a person outside of government, his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, to tell Sessions he would be fired if he didn’t change his mind about overseeing the investigation.”
Further, McQuade and Vance explain, Trump “engaged in witness tampering, most notably, by dangling the prospect of a pardon in an effort to keep” his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort “from cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation.”
McQuade and Vance conclude their report by emphasizing that Mueller left Congress with a “compelling” case for obstruction of justice.
“The special counsel, far from exonerating the president on criminal obstruction of justice charges, presented a compelling case that the president violated the law,” McQuade and Vance assert. “It is important for Congress and the American people to understand the misconduct that occurred and how it threatened our national security so that we can fulfill our own responsibilities as citizens to make informed choices about our leaders.”
Black couple’s marriage proposal party interrupted multiple times by white security guards accusing them of theft
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In a Facebook post, Cathy-Marie Hamlet explained that she and her fiancé, Clyde Jackson, were sitting at a table outside the Angry Orchard gift shop when a female security guard approached them and accused Jackson of stealing the shirt and asked to check his pockets.
Prime Minister Imran Khan claims Pakistani intelligence led CIA to bin Laden
Pakistan's main spy agency provided the US with a lead that helped them find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday.
Pakistan has until now officially denied having any knowledge of the terror chief until he was shot dead in a night time raid by US special forces on May 2, 2011, an incident that was a major national embarrassment and caused ties between the two countries to plummet.
Khan, who is visiting Washington on his first official trip, made his claim in an interview with Fox News when he was asked whether his country would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunization drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden in 2011.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe wants to know why Mueller went easy on Don Trump Jr: ‘Why wasn’t he investigated?’
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said special counsel Robert Mueller had some big questions to answer to assure Americans that the rule of law still existed.
The "Morning Joe" host asked NBC News reporter Carol Lee about her new report asking why Donald Trump Jr. had not been questioned as part of the special counsel probe, and h laid out the biggest questions facing Mueller ahead of his congressional testimony.
"There are only three questions that most Americans want the answer to," Scarborough said. "Was there obstruction, was there collusion and would Donald Trump have been indicted had he not been the president of the United States? Those are three pretty simple questions, but I don't think he'll -- I don't think you'll get the answers tomorrow, sadly."