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Tue Mar 26, 2019, 05:53 AM

Whether Trump obstructed justice isn't the attorney general's call to make. It's Congress' decision.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/whether-trump-obstructed-justice-isn-t-attorney-general-s-call-ncna986971?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR2dAf7fVPBbJrXQKHBPqB-43BB_5qPYPIMuzrSsMQ7uxdFUw-m9WDXbcu8


Whether Trump obstructed justice isn't the attorney general's call to make. It's Congress' decision.
The Mueller report didn't draw a conclusion about any obstruction of justice. Barr needs to show the evidence on which he based his decision.
March 25, 2019, 11:36 AM EDT
By Michael Conway, Former counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee


Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the “principal conclusions” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’ still-secret report, released on Sunday, engages in sleight-of-hand when finding that President Donald Trump did not engage in criminal obstruction of justice.

Mueller made no such conclusion.
Rather, Trump’s hand-picked attorney general, William Barr, in consultation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, decided that the evidence found by Mueller was insufficient to convict Trump beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal trial.

Mueller apparently adhered to the principle of seeking “just the facts.” And facts matter: Neither Congress nor the public know the facts found by Mueller regarding obstruction of justice. A White House that famously promulgated a theory of “alternative facts” will find that the actual facts found by Mueller’s investigation matter.

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Taking this cue, the 2019 House of Representatives would be well served to direct the Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry. The special constitutional obligation of Congress to conduct impeachment provides the strongest argument for the courts to order the release of the full Mueller report, if Barr balks at doing so.

Importantly, the Founders believed that the impeachment power of Congress should be readily available if the president engages in acts — even if they are not criminal acts — that undermine the separation of powers or constitute a presidential abuse of power.

Even leaving aside the investigations of federal and state prosecutors in New York and elsewhere, President Trump is premature in claiming his exoneration by Barr’s letter. Congress, the public and history are entitled to decide if Mueller’s recitation of facts warrants the indictment or impeachment of President Trump for obstruction of justice.

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Reply Whether Trump obstructed justice isn't the attorney general's call to make. It's Congress' decision. (Original post)
babylonsister Mar 2019 OP
onetexan Mar 2019 #1
DallasNE Mar 2019 #11
onetexan Mar 2019 #12
duforsure Mar 2019 #2
malaise Mar 2019 #3
ms liberty Mar 2019 #4
democratisphere Mar 2019 #5
robbedvoter Mar 2019 #6
canetoad Mar 2019 #7
GoCubsGo Mar 2019 #9
GoCubsGo Mar 2019 #8
DallasNE Mar 2019 #10
onetexan Mar 2019 #13

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 06:27 AM

1. This is exactly the message Dems need to hammer back @MAGA nuts

Demand the release of the full unredacted report. Anything less is a clear sign theyve got lots to hide. Barr is a disgrace.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 09:45 AM

11. Barr Doesn't Have Standing

To make this decision on obstruction. Only the House can make that determination.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 02:29 PM

12. Agree, he took it upon himself to shield the Idiot

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 06:32 AM

2. His report he put out does nothing

But show who he works for and represents, trump and not the American people . He will regret his actions , and history will not be kind to him for it. He could become a co-conspirator in the cover up.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 06:32 AM

3. Off to the greatest page

ITTMF!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 06:56 AM

4. K&R. n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:12 AM

5. We have a rethug attempt at a coverup and now it needs to be uncovered by Democrats.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:20 AM

6. It just isn't done.Starr didn't either

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:25 AM

7. K&R

Barr needs to explain or be impeached. Or both.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:31 AM

9. Both.

He has no business in that position, and we all knew that from the start.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 07:30 AM

8. Thank you.

If Barr doesn't release the report, I believe Malcolm Nance will be proven right again, in that pallet loads of documents will be dumped on the doorsteps of the NY Times, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. It will be leaked one way or another.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 08:11 AM

10. Even Before We Get To The Issue Of Evidence

Barr needs to cite the case law granting him rather than the House the power to dispose the issue of obstruction. He hasn't done that either. Indeed, Eric Holder said that the reason Mueller cited both sides of the obstruction charge was because the decision was for the House to decide. Indeed, Barr could be in trouble on obstruction himself.

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Response to DallasNE (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 26, 2019, 02:32 PM

13. I'd like to see him subpoena'd in front of the

House intel commtte to answer that exact question - who authorized him to take it upon himself to declare the Idiot's guilt 9r innocence.

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