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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:12 PM

21 questions for Robert Mueller

21 questions for Robert Mueller
By Allan Lichtman, opinion contributor — 04/24/19 07:00 PM EDT

The following are 21 questions that our lawmakers should ask Mueller.

Independent counsel Kenneth Starr found “substantial and credible information that President Clinton obstructed justice.” Leaving aside the question of a criminal charge, would you agree that your investigation uncovered substantial and credible information that President Trump obstructed justice? Your report concluded that “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president had clearly not committed obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Does that mean you intended to leave the determination on obstruction to Congress?

President Clinton was not criminally charged with obstruction of justice even after leaving office, but the House of Representatives still voted for articles of impeachment on obstruction and half the Senate voted to convict him. Would you agree that the standards for criminal violations are not the same as the standards for impeachment?

Can a person commit obstruction of justice by attempting to impede an investigation even if that attempt proved unsuccessful? Can a person commit obstruction of justice even if not charged with an underlying crime? Trump has disputed your findings that he asked White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel and then asked McGhan to lie about this instruction. How confident are you about your findings?

visit link above to see all 21 questions (they exceeded the 3 paragraph limit)

(my apologies if this is a dupe -- did not see it in GD)

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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:19 PM

1. a bio of the author from wikipedia



Lichtman began teaching at American University in 1973, rising to chair of the History Department, and was named Scholar/Professor of the Year in 1993.[9]

Outside of the classroom, Lichtman has testified as an expert witness on civil rights in more than 70 cases for the U.S. Department of Justice and for civil rights groups such as the NAACP, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also consulted for Vice President Al Gore and Senator Edward Kennedy. He assisted the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights investigation into voting irregularities in Florida during the 2000 election,[10] submitting an extensive report of his statistical analysis of balloting problems. Lichtman concluded "there were major racial disparities in ballot rejection rates".[11]
On being appointed distinguished professor: "AU reserves this recognition for only a very few faculty, those whose scholarship has, over the long arc of their careers, been so deeply influential that it has remade their fields of knowledge. This rings true for both Distinguished Professors Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman," says Pamela Nadell, chair of the Department of History. "The Department of History celebrates their appointments, and takes great pride in becoming what will be the only department on campus with two Distinguished Professors."[12] According to the American University website, "The rank of Distinguished Professor honors American University faculty who have produced extraordinary and exceptional scholarship that has earned national and international renown...The rank of Distinguished Professor is awarded on a highly selective basis; it is not a routine promotion for faculty who have already achieved the rank of Professor."[13]

In April 2017, Lichtman authored the book The Case for Impeachment, laying out multiple arguments for the impeachment of Donald Trump.[5][6][7] The Financial Times gave The Case for Impeachment a positive review, writing: "Lichtman's powerful book is a reminder that we are only at the start of the Trump investigations."[5] The Washington Post called it "striking to see the full argument unfold".[6] New York Journal of Books recommended it as a resource, "if you are a member of Congress trying to grapple with all that this administration has wrought."[19] CounterPunch characterized the work as "a brilliant analysis of every fraudulent act".[20] The Hill gave the author praise, writing: "Lichtman has written what may be the most important book of the year."[21] CBC News consulted law scholars that said Lichtman's impeachment prediction was unlikely, especially with a Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives.[22]


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