Attorney General Bill Barr said at a press conference Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller found 10 episodes of President Trump potentially obstructing justice. Mueller did not make a ruling on obstruction of justice, and instead chose to set out evidence on both sides of the question. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence was “not sufficient to establish” obstruction.
“After finding no underlying collusion with Russia, the Special Counsel’s report goes on to consider whether certain actions of the President could amount to obstruction of the Special Counsel’s investigation. As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the Special Counsel did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the President and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.”
Barr on obstruction section of Mueller report: ‘The report recounts ten episodes involving the President and discusses potential legal theories for connecting these actions to elements of an obstruction offense.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 18, 2019
Barr burying the lede… Mueller finds TEN instances of potential obstruction
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) April 18, 2019
The Attorney General of the United States just defended obstruction because of the President’s hurt feelings.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 18, 2019
Barr literally told the world he didn’t charge Trump with obstruction because he didn’t believe Trump wanted to behave illegally. Think about that. He committed crimes, but didn’t want to?
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 18, 2019
Attorney General Barr: “I’d leave it to…the special counsel’s own articulation of why he did not want to make a determination as to whether or not there was an obstruction offense.” https://t.co/4IcDo9lfMv pic.twitter.com/vTfqaXxFwy
— ABC News (@ABC) April 18, 2019
So the precedent has now been set: a president may smear investigators and prosecutors, make unfounded conspiracy theories, egg on political allies to attack the investigators, and release materials part of the ongoing investigation ….
and it is not obstruction. Remember that.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 18, 2019
The Attorney General gave the president of the United States a free pass on obstruction of justice because the president was frustrated by the media. Congrats, America, on becoming a banana republic.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 18, 2019