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Fri Mar 22, 2019, 10:59 AM

I understand the public Special Counsel report cannot disparage Trump...

It is, apparently, against DOJ policy to indict a President and publicly disparage unindicted individuals. That will make it impossible for the report that Barr releases publicly to list any of Trumpís wrongdoing.

That said, is the private report that Mueller gives to Barr bound by any such policies? Do we expect THAT report to have all the details about Trumpís complicity? And if that report does contain such information, is it likely to be made public by officials not bound by DOJ policies?

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PTWB Mar 2019 OP
bigbrother05 Mar 2019 #1
marylandblue Mar 2019 #2
Girard442 Mar 2019 #3

Response to PTWB (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 11:18 AM

1. As he's already done, anything prosecutable is being passed on

The Federal prosecutors are getting handed all sorts of stuff for action or additional investigation.

Just because Mueller can't get anyone directly connected to the Russians to admit that Trump directed or participated doesn't mean they can't go further.

Manafort is likely afraid of a Putin cocktail, but others could admit the links if facing unpardonable state charges and hard jail time.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 11:20 AM

2. There is no DOJ policy against indicting a President

It's an old legal opinion that is not necessarily binding. Mueller's report will explain why he indicted certain people and not others. If Trump committed crimes but was not indicted, presumably the report would say so and explain the reasons.

DOJ policy is not to say anything about people who weren't indicted, so if Trump is not indicted, the portions regarding could be redacted. On the hand, since it is a matter of great public interest, the AG can override DOJ policy and release the full report.

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Response to PTWB (Original post)

Fri Mar 22, 2019, 11:24 AM

3. This is a good read:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/17/why-there-may-be-much-less-much-more-mueller-report-than-people-expect/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.28864b2dfe50

The major takeaway from the article is that Mueller will be doing a counterintelligence briefing to the Intelligence Committees and Barr has no control over that.

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