Trump refused to answer several questions Mueller posed. They include a general questions about sanctions relief for Russia, as well as whether he entertained a pardon for Julian Assange during the transition period.
Author Archive for: emptywheel
Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
Entries by emptywheel
Barr’s attempt to exonerate Trump on obstruction all depends on the fact that DOJ didn’t find a crime involving Trump. Except DOJ did, in the SDNY hush payments case.
People are still claiming the Mueller Report addressed collusion. It did not.
New details released in this report provide even further reason to think Trump obstructed the Russian investigation to halt the counterintelligence analysis of his ties with Russia. But the report remains silent about the most concerning interactions with Vladimir Putin and never actually considers whether Trump was obstructing the counterintelligence investigation.
My working threads on the Mueller Report.
MalwareTech pleads guilty.
There’s been a lot of discussion about why neither Don Sr nor Don Jr were hauled before Mueller’s grand jury. There’s been less discussion of the two redactions that hide explanations for why they weren’t.
Mueller addresses the term “collusion” head on in his report. And he makes it very clear he’s not clearing Trump of collusion.
Here’s the report. Use this thread to comment. (Here’s a searchable copy.) Here’s a transcript of Bill Barr’s speech, once again spinning the Mueller Report. Effectively, what he did was pretend that “collusion” was the same thing as conspiracy, and having done so judge that the President didn’t obstruct justice because he was frustrated. Repeats […]
The one thing that is consistent with all the reporting on the Mueller Report thus far is that Trump obstructed justice to hide how badly he got manipulated by Russian spooks.