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One reason Trump would commit obstruction of justice: to protect longtime buddies Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and possibly one or more of his kids. Furthermore, if Trump colluded/conspired with Roger Stone, who colluded/conspired with Russia, either directly, or indirectly via wikileaks or via other parties, did it count as collusion/conspiracy by Trump/the Trump campaign? Ditto for Manafort; ditto for his children. Is that the loophole? It would seem to depend upon the wording, and the timeline.

How else to explain the “Russia are you listening” statement regarding Hillary emails, apart from Roger Stone conspiring directly or indirectly with Russia, as well as additional things (Trump Tower meeting etc).

Barr alleges that Trump had no reason to obstruct, and hence no obstruction would have occurred. This appears false. Manafort and Stone appear to have acted to protect him, like he apparently tried to protect them, like Good Old Boy mobsters, which they may all be. Trump was also apparently trying to protect Michael Flynn, as some readers may recall.

Tweets from US Congressman Nadler, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee:
(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before ‪@HouseJudiciary‬ in the near future.

(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
Special Counsel Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ.

(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
But Special Counsel Mueller clearly and explicitly is not exonerating the President, and we must hear from AG Barr about his decision making and see all the underlying evidence for the American people to know all the facts.

(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
·Barr says that the President may have acted to obstruct justice, but that for an obstruction conviction, “the government would need to proved beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct”.

(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
Here is a link to the letter we received from Attorney General Barr. Seems like the Department of Justice is putting matters squarely in Congress’ court.

Click to access AG%20March%2024%202019%20Letter%20to%20House%20and%20Senate%20Judiciary%20Committees.pdf


(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
DOJ has just sent us a very brief letter about the Mueller report, which we will share shortly.
(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler

“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”
(((Rep. Nadler))) @RepJerryNadler
The Department of Justice “determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgement.”
(((Rep. Nadler)) @RepJerryNadler
DOJ has just sent us a very brief letter about the Mueller report, which we will share shortly.
https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler

One important thought on the Mueller investigation – that Whitaker and Barr acted to sink the investigation.