Thursday, April 18, 2019

Obstruction of justice conclusion - maybe no crime, but certainly no exoneration

Following is the conclusion about obstruction of justice from the Mueller report, Volume 2, p. 182. (I obtained the entire file as a download from NBC News.)

IV. Conclusion

Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgement. At the same time, 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. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.

I hand-copied the foregoing from the report because the PDF file provided by DOJ to the press and public is not selectable, not copiable, and not searchable.

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