On its face, the letter that Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday afternoon, summarizing the key findings of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is good news, not just for President Trump.
According to Mr. Barr’s four-page summary, Mr. Mueller and his team were unable to establish that anyone connected to the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government when it interfered to help Mr. Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign.
This should provide some relief to all Americans who have harbored fears that a presidential candidate was conspiring with Vladimir Putin to subvert American democracy. Mr. Mueller — who never once responded to the shameless stream of insults Mr. Trump has hurled at him over the last two years — is as careful and thorough an investigator as there is. His investigation lasted almost two years, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and roughly 500 search warrants and heard from a similar number of witnesses. If he couldn’t find any links, it’s doubtful anyone could.
What this outcome is not, however, is a “Complete and Total EXONERATION,” as Mr. Trump unsurprisingly spun it. Mr. Mueller explicitly declined to exonerate the president on the matter of obstruction of justice — a crime that constituted one of the articles of impeachment for both Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. After examining Mr. Trump’s actions and weighing “difficult issues” of law and fact, Mr. Mueller punted. “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report states.
Mr. Barr wasn’t as cautious. Less than 48 hours after receiving Mr. Mueller’s report, the attorney general briskly decided that Mr. Trump had not obstructed justice. Why not? Because there was no underlying crime to obstruct, Mr. Barr said, and anyway, most of Mr. Trump’s behavior took place in full public view, had no connection to any legal proceeding, and wasn’t “done with corrupt intent.” How did Mr. Barr make these determinations so quickly? On what evidence in the report did he base it?
Recall that Mr. Barr got his current job only after Mr. Trump shoved out his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, for not showing him enough personal loyalty and shutting down the Russia investigation at the start. Among the reasons Mr. Barr may have appealed to the president was an unsolicited memo he sent last year to the Justice Department, taking the position that Mr. Mueller should not be allowed to question Mr. Trump about obstructing justice, and that the president could not be guilty of obstruction unless there were an underlying crime to obstruct.
In other words, Mr. Barr did exactly as Mr. Trump hoped he would. But there’s a reason obstructing justice is a crime on its own. The justice system doesn’t work when people lie to authorities, no matter why they do so.
Mr. Barr’s curious views on obstruction are just one reason that Mr. Mueller’s full report must be made available, immediately, to both Congress and the American people.
Also, while Mr. Mueller may not have found sufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy, let’s not lose sight of what we already know, both from his investigation and from news reports over the past two years.
We know that the Russian government interfered repeatedly in the 2016 presidential election, by hacking into computer servers of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. We know that it did this with the goals of dividing Americans and helping Donald Trump win the presidency. We know that when top members of the Trump campaign learned about this interference, they didn’t just fail to report it to the F.B.I. They welcomed it. They encouraged it. They made jokes about it. On the same day that Mr. Trump publicly urged the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails, they began to do just that. And we know that when questioned by federal authorities, many of Mr. Trump’s top associates lied, sometimes repeatedly, about their communications with Russians. None of this is in dispute.
That Mr. Mueller couldn’t find sufficient evidence that Mr. Trump or anyone involved in his campaign had coordinated directly with the Russians may be explained by the fact that they didn’t need to. They were already getting that help.
We also know that what began as a counterintelligence investigation quickly turned into a criminal investigation, in large part because Mr. Trump surrounded himself with criminals. To date, his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; his deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates; his national security adviser, Michael Flynn; his campaign foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos; and his personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, have all pleaded guilty or been convicted of federal crimes. In January, Mr. Mueller charged Roger Stone, Mr. Trump’s longtime aide, with multiple counts of witness tampering, obstructing justice, and making false statements.
Imagine if we’d learned all of this just Sunday, in one fell swoop, rather than in a trickle of indictments and prosecutions over the last 18 months.
Americans are, of course, continuing to learn more unsettling truths from the dozen or so other investigations that are continuing, such as the one in New York that has already landed Mr. Cohen a three-year prison sentence for campaign-finance violations that prosecutors said Mr. Trump was also involved in, from the White House.
One might expect Mr. Trump to feel happiness at Sunday’s news, but for him, that emotion seems to transform into a desire for vengeance. It’s no surprise that he and his allies are once again floating the idea of prosecuting Mrs. Clinton. Remember her? She was the candidate who, during a presidential debate all the way back in 2016, said: “It’s pretty clear you won’t admit that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race.”
Mr. Putin did have a clear favorite. He interfered on his behalf, and his favorite was elected president. Trump campaign officials knew about this and were more than happy for the help. Then they lied about receiving that help. This isn’t so complicated. And while Mr. Mueller may not be able to do anything about it, Congress, and the American people, certainly can.
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马会家具【河】【边】【有】【很】【多】【鹅】【卵】【石】，【狸】【狸】【顽】【皮】，【捡】【起】【来】【往】【河】【里】【扔】。 【唐】【唐】【看】【着】【好】【玩】，【也】【有】【样】【学】【样】。 【小】【半】【不】【敢】【怠】【慢】，【赶】【紧】【用】【魔】【法】【召】【唤】【来】【火】【堆】，【将】【周】【围】【照】【亮】。 【唐】【唐】【感】【叹】【道】：“【要】【是】【闪】【电】【霹】【雳】【索】【拉】【斯】【在】【这】【里】【就】【好】【了】，【他】【有】【灯】，【又】【有】【温】【暖】【的】【座】【椅】。【我】【们】【躺】【在】【里】【面】【睡】【觉】【又】【安】【全】【又】【舒】【服】。” 【说】【到】【睡】【觉】，【狸】【狸】【立】【刻】【打】【了】【个】【呵】【欠】。“【唐】【唐】【哥】
【俩】【人】【离】【开】【后】，【郝】【绣】【花】【儿】【也】【霸】【气】【的】【离】【开】【了】。 【刚】【到】【门】【口】【就】【收】【到】【系】【统】【给】【她】【的】【任】【务】，【让】【她】【到】【镇】【上】【某】【个】【地】【方】【去】【杀】【猪】，【还】【给】【她】【定】【了】【位】，【郝】【绣】【花】【儿】【跟】【着】【脑】【子】【指】【给】【她】【的】【方】【向】【走】，【王】【生】【从】【里】【面】【跟】【了】【出】【来】。 【郭】【甜】【甜】【也】【在】【后】【面】【跟】【着】，【她】【其】【实】【是】【想】【搭】【顺】【风】【车】【回】【去】，【这】【样】【就】【少】【了】【几】【块】【钱】，【王】【生】【和】【郝】【绣】【花】【儿】【也】【没】【有】【说】【她】，【跟】【着】【就】【跟】【着】【吧】！ 【王】
【酒】【店】【的】【布】【置】，【车】【队】【的】【安】【排】，【还】【有】【最】【强】【大】【的】【伴】【郎】【团】，【新】【娘】【的】【伴】【娘】【团】【虎】【视】【眈】【眈】，【需】【要】【兄】【弟】【们】【给】【兜】【着】。 【人】【生】【第】【一】【次】【化】【妆】，【这】【打】【不】【打】【扮】，【感】【觉】【就】【是】【完】【全】【不】【一】【样】，【帅】【气】【的】【一】【匹】。 【曾】【经】【自】【己】【当】【过】【伴】【郎】，【而】【这】【次】，【他】【是】【绝】【对】【的】【主】【角】【新】【郎】，【大】【手】【一】【挥】：“【兄】【弟】【们】，【走】，【今】【天】【我】【们】【的】【目】【标】，【就】【是】【把】【新】【娘】、【伴】【娘】【全】【部】【带】【走】。” “【冲】
“【呵】！【那】【又】【怎】【样】？【你】【们】【现】【在】【还】【不】【是】【一】【样】【被】【我】【玩】【弄】【在】【了】【股】【掌】【之】【中】？”【秦】【慕】【言】【的】【脸】【上】，【看】【不】【出】【半】【分】【畏】【惧】，【打】【定】【主】【意】【龙】【啸】【不】【敢】【对】【她】【下】【手】。 “【哥】——” 【正】【在】【这】【时】，【门】【外】【响】【起】【了】【夏】【凌】【雪】【诧】【异】【的】【嗓】【音】，【她】【快】【速】【跑】【了】【进】【来】。 【打】【掉】【龙】【啸】【紧】【紧】【掐】【在】【秦】【慕】【言】【脖】【颈】【的】【手】，【快】【速】【接】【过】【秦】【慕】【言】【手】【里】【的】【小】【龙】【啸】【护】【了】【起】【来】。 “【小】【雪】【你】【来】【的】
【在】【无】【度】【城】【内】，【秦】【峰】【每】【天】【早】【上】【出】【门】，【晚】【上】【回】【来】，【等】【到】【夏】【宁】【想】【起】【他】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【几】【乎】【把】【无】【度】【城】【内】【的】【大】【街】【小】【巷】【逛】【了】【一】【个】【遍】，【这】【段】【时】【间】【城】【内】【涌】【进】【的】【大】【批】【修】【士】【也】【让】【他】【更】【好】【的】【了】【解】【了】【佛】【修】【大】【陆】。 【对】【秦】【峰】【来】【说】，【这】【里】【与】【道】【修】【大】【陆】【最】【大】【的】【不】【同】【不】【是】【在】【道】【修】【大】【陆】【看】【不】【见】【而】【在】【这】【里】【却】【随】【处】【可】【见】【的】【光】【头】【佛】【修】，【而】【是】【这】【里】【的】【凡】【人】【有】【着】【与】【修】【士】【等】【同】【的】马会家具【因】【为】【某】【些】【原】【因】，【这】【本】【书】【就】【暂】【停】【更】【新】【一】【段】【时】【间】【了】。 【主】【要】【是】，【时】【间】【太】【紧】【了】。 【稿】【费】【也】【就】【那】【么】【一】【点】【点】，【所】【以】，【这】【本】【死】【扑】【街】【咸】【鱼】【的】【书】【暂】【时】【不】【写】【了】。 【对】【不】【起】【各】【位】【读】【者】【大】【大】【了】！【真】【的】【对】【不】【住】【了】！ 【路】【九】【在】【这】【里】【惭】【愧】【的】【对】【各】【位】【大】【大】【鞠】【个】【躬】。 【万】【分】【抱】【歉】！
【没】【有】【人】【能】【保】【护】【我】，【也】【没】【有】【人】【能】【救】【我】。 【我】【想】【活】，【就】【只】【能】【自】【救】。【我】【若】【想】【死】，【就】【只】【需】【念】【一】【个】【名】【字】。 【我】【的】【第】【一】【个】【信】【念】【是】，【不】【论】【何】【时】，【我】【得】【保】【住】【自】【己】【的】【命】，【我】【不】【能】【死】，【我】【们】【这】【一】【脉】【也】【不】【能】【完】。 【我】【的】【第】【二】【个】【信】【念】【是】，【我】【得】【救】【回】【二】【圣】【性】【命】，【我】【得】【护】【得】【妖】【族】【中】【兴】。 【肉】【身】【化】【枯】【骨】，【元】【神】【得】【再】【生】。 【我】【不】【知】【是】【什】【么】【改】【变】【了】【我】
【周】【月】【玉】【手】【一】【闪】，“【啪】”【的】【一】【下】，【就】【给】【极】【其】【狠】【辣】，【贴】【在】【了】【这】【唯】【一】【一】【个】，【男】【生】【的】【肩】【头】，【看】【似】【在】【笑】，【平】【静】【问】【道】：“【可】【不】【可】【以】【再】【来】【解】【释】【一】【下】？” “【我】……”【王】【表】【一】【个】【怔】【然】，【所】【有】【笑】【容】，【一】【下】【凝】【固】，【似】【乎】【真】【的】【不】【会】【再】【有】，【多】【余】【的】【心】【思】，【而】【是】【就】【这】【样】，【想】【要】【用】【如】【此】【绝】【招】，【蒙】【混】【下】【去】。 【周】【月】【却】【不】【依】【不】【饶】，【非】【但】【不】【会】【再】【有】【了】【半】【点】【的】
【赤】【鱬】【松】【开】【手】，【犹】【豫】【着】【开】【口】，“【大】【概】，【以】【为】【马】【鱼】【会】【帮】【忙】【吧】……【咱】【们】【不】【是】【都】【用】【了】【玉】【尾】【阵】【了】【么】……” 【齐】【全】【扯】【嘴】【一】【笑】：“【你】【觉】【得】，【你】【之】【前】【编】【的】【那】【一】【番】【话】，【信】【的】【人】【有】【几】【个】？” 【赤】【鱬】【放】【弃】【了】，【右】【腿】【向】【前】【一】【撇】，【整】【个】【人】【放】【松】【下】【来】【靠】【在】【楼】【梯】【扶】【手】【上】，“【好】【吧】，【那】【你】【想】【怎】【么】【做】？” 【齐】【全】【倚】【在】【另】【一】【侧】【扶】【手】【上】【望】【着】【赤】【鱬】：“【怎】【么】【做】【还】