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Wed May 29, 2019, 07:39 PM

David Corn: Mueller Reminds the Nation That Trump Betrayed the USA

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/robert-mueller-donald-trump-usa/

Mueller Reminds the Nation That Trump Betrayed the USA
Treachery is not always a crime.
David Corn


Much of the immediate commentary following special counsel Robert Mueller’s surprise press conference on Wednesday focused on his damning statements about President Donald Trump’s actions that potentially could be charged as obstruction of justice—if Justice Department policy did not prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. But Mueller’s remarks were also a reminder of the core elements of the Trump-Russia scandal: Moscow attacked the 2016 election to help Trump, and Trump assisted Vladimir Putin’s assault by claiming at the time (and afterward) that it wasn’t real. That is, whether or not Trump had criminally colluded with Russian operatives, he did side with a foreign adversary that attacked American democracy—and that’s treachery.
The attack was real. It was significant. And there was a compelling need to investigate it.


Mueller began his statement by reiterating what has already been stated by the US intelligence community, Democratic and Republican members of Congress, and his own report: Putin “launched a concerted attack on our political system.” He noted the Russians “used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.” The Kremlin’s goal was to impede Hillary Clinton and, consequently, boost Trump. And, Mueller added, “a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election.”

In other words, there is no Russian hoax. This is no Deep State concoction cooked up to subvert Trump’s campaign or his presidency. The attack was real. It was significant. And there was a compelling need to investigate it and any contacts between Trump associates and Russians.

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Mueller’s nine-and-half-minute-long statement likely had a different, possibly greater, impact than the release of that report. Here was a credible source telling the story, even if only in an abbreviated manner. This illustrated what House Democrats need to do, whether or not they proceed with impeachment: Bring witnesses to public hearings to convey the full narrative of the Russiagate. House committees are tussling with the Trump administration over potential witnesses, such as former White House counsel Don McGahn, but there are others the Democrats could showcase. (How about former Trump business associate Felix Sater, who negotiated the Trump project in Moscow?) The Dems ought to move past the procedural squabbling and present a clear depiction of Trump’s misconduct in this matter—and others.

Mueller did not advocate any course of action. His job is done, his mission accomplished. He announced his resignation and passed the case for obstruction to Congress. But he has told a slice of the story—a slice that is damning for Trump. It fixes a spotlight on the momentous lies Trump and his crew have told, lies that aided Putin’s war on American democracy, and lies that continue to flow from Trump and his henchmen. Mueller has served the truth. In doing so, he has indicted Trump—not in a legal sense, but for betraying his country.

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babylonsister May 2019 OP
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 07:44 PM

1. Pretty much spot on . . .

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 07:52 PM

2. In a nutshell.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:06 PM

3. Corn knows of what he speak.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 08:26 PM

4. Trump Betrayed His Country

That needs to be said over and over again.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 09:29 PM

5. Excellent post. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 09:45 PM

6. Trump continues to betray. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2019, 10:20 PM

7. Trump has never stopped committing impeachable offenses

Now Trump will misuse classified intelligence and endanger our national security in his continuing criminal attempt to discredit (or worse) those investigating him, and cover-up his treasonous Russian entanglements. And Barr, McConnell and the rest of the GOP (except Justin Amash) are ok with it. How did we get to this point?

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