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The Müller Report: Live Analysis and Extracts



JOIN AT 11:58 AM

Vol. : Shortly after requesting Flynn's resignation and privately speaking with Comey, the president tried to convict Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland has written an internal letter stating that the president did not tell Flynn to discuss sanctions with Kislyak. McFarland declined because she did not know if that was true, and a White House attorney's lawyer found the request to be in exchange for an ambassador she had been offered.

Even the president's closest advisers were reluctant to protect Mr. Trump because they could not be sure he was telling the truth.
– Adam Goldman

POSTED AT 11:55 AM

Vol. : Like collusion, "coordination" in federal criminal law has no fixed definition. We understood the coordination to demand an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russian government on interference in elections. This requires more than two parties to take action that has been informed or responded to by the other's actions or interests.

Mr. Trump likes to say there are "no collusion," and Mr. Barr used that term again in his Thursday morning press conference. But consultation is not a legal concept. Searching for evidence of a criminal plot, Mr Müller said he was looking for evidence of "coordination" between the Trump campaign and Russia over their election interference. He decided that the evidence did not meet this standard.

– Charlie Savage

POSTED 11:53

Vol. I, page 10 : The Office has investigated several other incidents in which it has been publicly reported that they may have contacts with Russia. For example, the investigation found that the interactions between Russian Ambassador Kislyak and the Trump Campaign representatives were brief, public, and non-substantial, both in the candidate's foreign policy speech in April 2016 in Washington and during the week of the Republican National Convention. However, the investigation did not reveal that any campaigner's efforts to dilute any part of the Republican Party platform in support of Ukraine were made at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia.

Reporters circled for months rumors of meetings between members of the Trump campaign, including Jeff Sessions, then Senator, and Sergey Kislyak, the then Russian ambassador, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington and elsewhere. There were also ongoing questions as to why part of the republican party platform on Ukraine had changed in the summer of 2016. The people involved had publicly denied any inappropriate behavior, and Mr Müller seems to have confirmed that the meetings were "not substantive". "His assessment of the platform change is more nuanced, but ultimately has not" determined "that the platform change was headed by Mr. Trump or Russia.
– Nicholas Fandos

POST AT 11:52 am [19659017] Mr. Mueller said that one of the complications he encountered in building up an obstacle was the authority of Mr. Trump as executive chief.

Vol. II, page 7 : Some characteristics of the behavior we examined They differentiate it from typical cases of judicial infringement First, the investigation concerned the President and some of his actions, such as the dismissal of the FBI Director, involved face-to-face action within his Article II Authority, raising the constitutional issues discussed below At the same time, the position of President as Chief of the Executive offered him unique and powerful means for official procedures n Influencing Subordinate Officers and Potential Witnesses – all of this is relevant to a possible analysis of the Justice Block. [19659004] Mr. Mueller says that Mr. Trump's powers as President are related to the actions he has taken which could be an obstacle, such as displacing James B. Comey as F.B.I. Director. This made it difficult to build a case, as Trump, as President, had the authority to take many of the measures under investigation.
– Michael S. Schmidt

POSTED at 11:51 pm

]: The President repeatedly instructed the case handlers not to disclose the e-mails for the session of June 9 [2016]indicating that the e-mails would not leak and that the number of lawyers who had access to they should have, should be limited. Before the emails were released, the President revised a press release for Trump Jr. by deleting a line acknowledging that the meeting with "a person said [Trump Jr.] might provide helpful information for the campaign "and instead just said the meeting was about adoption of Russian children. When the press asked questions about the president's involvement in the Trump Jr. statement, the president's personal lawyer repeatedly denied that the president had played any role.

This confirms a New York Times report in July 2017 that stated that the President had helped draft the misleading statement issued by his son Donald Trump Jr. and urge a version to be released the true nature of the meeting is not revealed. That the Times heard about the meeting shocked the president and was a key factor for a turbulent summer for the White House.
– Maggie Haberman

POST AT 11:48

Vol. I, pp. 6-7 : Both men believed that the plan must bring candidate Trump's approval to success (if elected president). They also discussed the status of the Trump campaign and Manafort's strategy, Gaining Democratic Voices in the Midwestern States

This suggests that Russia was trying to influence the Trump campaign to support a plan that would allow Russia to control a portion of eastern Ukraine, which was for the US Kremlin would have been a great victory. Mr Manafort had conducted internal polls on the election campaign with his Russian counterpart before the meeting on 2 August 2016 – and for some time later the report said.
– Sharon LaFraniere

POSTED 11:44 AM

Vol. : In early summer 2017, the president called Sessions at home and reiterated his request to lift his refusal from the investigation in Russia.

The President asked Donald F. McGahn II, the White House lawyer, in 2017 to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to reject himself. The President wanted a Attorney General to protect the President, and his efforts to bring Mr. Sessions back into the responsibility of the investigation in Russia showed that he was actively interfering in the rejection of Mr. Sessions as a possible obstacle act.
– Adam Goldman
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