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OpinionWhat if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?

17:07  22 july  2019
17:07  22 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Though he did not rule out congressional testimony, the special counsel also said that he would only testify about the facts already in the report. In his public remarks about the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Robert S. Mueller III suggested that he was reluctant to testify before Congress .

Robert Mueller Must Finish the Job. The special counsel should give us the benefit of his professional judgment on the legal significance of the facts he has found. If so, and if he has decided to give us the benefit of his professional judgment, his path to that decision may have been aided by reflections

What if Robert Mueller decided to tell Congress what he really thinks?© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images Street art of former special counsel Robert Mueller on July 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller has said that he won't go beyond his 448-page report in testimony scheduled Wednesday before two House committees. But imagine the drama if he were to let loose and say whatever he wants:

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Trump renews Mueller attacks days before testimony President Trump on Monday renewed his attacks on Robert Mueller, days before the former special counsel is set to testify about the Russia investigation during a highly anticipated congressional hearing. In a pair of tweets, Trump repeated his claim that Mueller is "highly conflicted" and accused him of leading a "ridiculous Witch Hunt." The president for more than two years has leveled both charges in an attempt to undermine Mueller's credibility. "Highly conflicted Robert Mueller should not be given another bite at the apple.

Mueller said Wednesday that his office did not make a determination "one way or the other" about whether Trump committed a Mueller did not say that he would have recommended criminal charges against Trump but for that policy. Read about what really matters in the presidential race. 🇺🇸.

Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter that he may brief them on the special counsel’s “principal conclusions” as early as this weekend, a Should Congress be told explicitly, look, Mueller believes the president violated these laws, and here’s the evidence to back it up? But what if some of

Think of me as a hostage, tied to this chair, my wrists in handcuffs, a gag stuffed in my mouth.

I can’t help you. Do you understand? You will have to help yourselves.

If I could stand up to raise my right hand, I’d swear to tell the truth. And it would be this: Of course I would have indicted Donald Trump if I could have. What don’t you get about “if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that"? Or 10 textbook cases of obstruction of justice? Or the difference between “no collusion” and insufficient evidence to nail down a criminal conspiracy with the Russians?

We are in a crisis that demands clarity

Regrets, I have a few, starting with letting Attorney General William Barr take over public relations for my painstaking report. He called me “snitty” — Me! Snitty! — for objecting to the way he tried to clear this president of wrongdoing and mislead the public about why we didn’t indict him. We couldn’t! Our hands were cuffed! I mean, tied! I could go on. But I want to avoid a heart attack and enjoy my retirement. So let's move on.

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It's Mueller time: DC bars prepare for Wednesday's hearings It's Mueller time at at least a few Washington watering holes, which have made a tradition-of-sorts of holding specials tied to headline-grabbing hearings. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Duffy's Irish Pub in D.C.'s H Street NE neighborhood will play host to a watch party, as special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress on Wednesday. "We will have eight large flatscreen TVs with stadium surround sound tuned in to the Mueller Show," the bar said in an email.

Robert Mueller is a loose cannon and may just blow through any presidential objection, as he has already shown a willingness to defy his boss. For example, you and Rhee both left jobs at WilmerHale. Were you aware of what , if any, assurances or arrangements were made so people

Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, agreed to testify on July 17, two House panels said after issuing subpoenas to compel his appearance. The former special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, made his first public comments last month about the investigation he led for about two years.

I regret being overly considerate of the president and his right to a “speedy and public trial.” We faced so many limits on our investigation and obstacles in our path, I should not have added more restrictions of my own free will and out of a sense of good sportsmanship. We are in a crisis that demands clarity and, alas, I did not recognize just how dire our circumstances — Barr’s perfidious misrepresentations, maddening Democratic caution, scandalous Republican indifference — until too late.

As for Russia, I thought I spelled it out (“The investigation did not always yield admissible information or testimony, or a complete picture of the activities undertaken by subjects of the investigation”). Let me be even more clear: We might have been able to pin down a conspiracy if we had been able to get testimony from people who refused to talk to us, or invoked their right to remain silent, or were unavailable to us due to Justice Department guidelines or attorney-client privilege or news media source protection, or who had deleted relevant communications before we got to them.

Mueller says he did not interview for FBI director position, contradicting Trump

Mueller says he did not interview for FBI director position, contradicting Trump Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday that he did not meet with the president for the FBI director job. “Not as a candidate,” Mueller stated when asked by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, about the meeting, which occurred on May 16, 2017 — a week after Comey’s firing. Mueller was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the next day. Gohmert asked Mueller if he discussed Comey in his meeting with Trump. Mueller said he could “not remember” but did not believe he did.

But if he sends Mueller ’s findings along to Congress with an open-ended question of whether or not the president obstructed justice, he leaves it The special counsel, Robert Mueller , was supposed to decide whether President Trump had committed a crime. Why did the attorney general, William Barr

The Mueller team ultimately decided not to charge the president, citing numerous legal and factual constraints, but pointedly declined to exonerate him . The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, issued his highly anticipated report on Thursday. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times.

What did we miss? Vast troves of evidence and facts, no doubt. For instance, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified this year that in early June 2016, the same month as the Trump Tower meeting with Russians about “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, he heard Donald Trump Jr. tell his father that “the meeting is all set” and concluded later that Trump Sr. knew all about it. But both men declined to be interviewed. The president responded to written questions — and said more than 30 times that he did not recall or remember or have an independent recollection. More than 30!

Why aren't you listening to me?

If I were an ex-president, like Jimmy Carter, I could tell you exactly what was on my mind. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Russia elected Trump and that he is an illegitimate president, which is what Carter said. And yet it’s a definite possibility that should be explored.

After all, on top of all the hacking of computers associated with the Clinton campaign and various Democratic Party entities, we found evidence that Russians hacked into computers belonging to state election boards, secretaries of state and voting technology manufacturers. We said this in our report. We also said, in an indictment we flagged in the report, that their goal was to “steal voter data and other information.” And we said they were successful.

Mueller explains decision not to subpoena Trump

Mueller explains decision not to subpoena Trump Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday pressed former special counsel Robert Mueller on why he did not subpoena President Trump for an interview during his investigation into Russian election interference.The lawmaker during a House Intelligence Committee hearing pressed Mueller on why his team did not pursue the president with a subpoena after Trump declined to sit for an interview voluntarily. Mueller said his team weighed the evidence of Trump's intent that the team had without the interview against the amount of time it would take to litigate a likely court challenge to a subpoena.

Mueller decided that it was his time to step to the mic and say his piece, and he did so today. Below are my immediate thoughts on Mueller ’s public statement. Mueller seems to be telling Congress to stop thinking that he ’s coming to talk to y’all when he put out this long-ass book report, and that

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will not indict President Trump if he finds wrongdoing in his investigation of Trump campaign links to Russia, according to the president’s lawyers. They said Wednesday that Mr. Mueller ’s investigators told them that he would adhere to the Justice

Why isn’t attention being paid? Where are these investigations? And why do some conservatives deny this happened? What is more important, appeasing Trump’s ego and party and base, or protecting the integrity of our elections?

Frankly, as a Marine veteran and a Republican and a former FBI director, it makes me sick to see Trump laughing with Russian President Vladimir Putin over election “meddling” and ridding themselves of “fake news” journalists (which in Putin’s case sometimes means they end up murdered).

Take off the partisan blinders

Does it not make you sick, Democrats and Republicans of the House?

I am 74 years old and never expected or wanted to spend two years of my life digging into the kind of foreign intervention and influence that kept the Founders awake at night. I never expected or wanted to investigate a president who was even more overt than Richard Nixon in repeatedly trying to obstruct an investigation into his campaign.

To Republicans, I hope you can take off your partisan blinders sooner rather than later and come to terms with the damage this legally challenged president is doing.

To Democrats, I am at wit’s end. I have done all I could, but it’s never enough for you. So with apologies to O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran, here are my final words: Don’t just teach; you must impeach. Don’t give a speech; you must impeach. If there's a massive breach, you must impeach. If it’s not a reach, you must impeach. If it’s no day at the beach, and it won't be, YOU STILL MUST IMPEACH.

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In the End, In the Most Understated Way Possible, Robert Mueller Conveyed His Disdain for Donald Trump "Unpatriotic." "True." "And wrong." "True."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wishes that you’d read his report. He ’s not angry; he ’s just disappointed. When the Department of Justice Mueller characterized Wednesday’s appearance as merely an opportunity to summarize what he had done on the occasion of the formal conclusion of his

Members of Congress are scrambling to prepare themselves for the possibility that President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller . Only President Donald Trump knows for sure if he has decided to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or senior staffers at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Am I clear? Do you finally get it?

You know what, I'm going to Europe for six weeks and growing a beard.

Jill Lawrence is the commentary editor of USA TODAY and author of "The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock." Follow her on Twitter: @JillDLawrence

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