Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump

Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump
By David A. Graham

April 18, 2019 at 03:26PM
via The Atlantic

«Mueller’s report reads, as my colleague Yoni Appelbaum writes, as an effective referral for impeachment. Mueller writes that it would be unfair to suggest prosecuting Trump because he cannot be indicted while he holds office, and therefore would not have the chance to defend himself at trial.

“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,” the report notes. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

In other words: The president didn’t not commit a crime. Then, over some 200 pages, Mueller lays out the facts, making strong implications in some cases that Trump’s behavior was obstructive and in others that it wasn’t. But while the question of whether to charge or recommend charges turns on some arcane legal justifications, it doesn’t require a law degree to take in the image of Trump that Mueller captures.»