"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state."
Category: News & PoliticsBy: john-russell • last year • 54 comments
Mueller Report, page 394
The Republicans and Trumpsters nationwide have tried, rather constantly, to take a "victory lap" based on Attorney General* William Barr's four page summary that 'exonerated' Trump.
Problem : Robert Mueller's words in the report specifically do not exonerate Trump. ("We are unable to reach that judgement" (say that Trump did not commit obstruction of justice))
Today in the House Judiciary Committee the ranking Republican member tried to blow off Don McGahn's refusal to testify about Trump's alleged obstruction of justice. Rep. Collins and his ilk are attempting to subvert the process of justice in the United States. Congress has a responsibility to investigate misconduct by everyone in government, including the president. There is evidence, in the form of the Mueller report material, that Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice, but the Trump partisans and Trump himself are stonewalling the congress and , you might say, continuing to obstruct justice.
One of the "defenses" that Rep Collins gave on behalf of stonewalling the congress is that "the economy is good". One has to wonder what the Republicans would do if Donald Trump didn't exist. Would they all dry up and blow away? Would they assume the fetal position? Is Donald Trump the only Republican in the world capable of keeping the economy on track? What a weak defense !
The honor of the United States and its citizens is on the line, the rule of law in America is on the line. Simple decency is on the line.
It may not be pleasant for conservatives, and some independents, to have to confront the malevolency and dysfunction of the Trump presidency, but it is inevitable.