The document paints a damning picture of a White House torn apart by lies and mistrust – but Mueller chose not to subpoena Trump
Tom Embury-Dennis @tomemburyd//Independent
Donald Trump has lashed out at a number of perceived enemies after the publication of the long-awaited Mueller report, which painted a damning portrait of the president’s conduct since taking office.
The 72-year-old attacked overnight the media, a federal investigator and former FBI official, all while falsely claiming there “wasn’t any evidence” he committed a crime.
The 450-page document, released in redacted form on Thursday, in fact, outlined a dozen instances in which Mr Trump tried to obstruct the investigation; potential crimes Mr Mueller declined to reach conclusions on.
- Trump rails against perceived enemies in an overnight tirade
- Democrats call of president’s impeachment
- Pelosi refuses to comment on potential Trump impeachment proceedings
- President launches an astonishing tirade against ‘bullshit’ probe in morning tweets
Fox News appears to be going down a conspiracy hole, with one guest questioning whether the US government used an “asset” to feed misinformation to a former Trump campaign aide in a ruse to later launch an investigation against the president.
Donald Trump has come a long way in less than four weeks with his Mueller report messaging. From “total exoneration” to “total bullshit”.
Donald Trump, the president of the USA, is now swearing in tweets – surely the first time ever a President has sworn in a public statement – to attack the Mueller report.
It’s a follow-up to his tweet below, in which he cautions against people who take notes. It appears to be a thinly-veiled swipe against his former White House counsel Don McGahn. The report detailed how Mr Trump was perplexed at the time about McGahn’s note-taking.
Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time this morning, furiously railing against “certain people” who provided written documentation to the special counsel investigation.
A follow-up tweet is incoming, but Trump is highly unlikely to provide evidence for the claim.
Opinion: Donald Trump tried to get his version of events out first.
Typically, it consisted of a single word, in a tweet, in capitals: “EXONERATED.” Today we finally got to see the authorised version and, to no one’s surprise, it consists of the direct opposite, but in a long report, in lower case, and hedged about with qualifications.
Robert Mueller, the independent counsel, did not conclude that the president committed a crime, but he also did “not exonerate him”.
The picture painted by the report is not a flattering one of the president. The verbatim account of his response to the appointment of Mr Mueller to investigate links between Russia and the Trump election campaign is colourfully plausible: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency.” Read more…
Sarah Sanders is making her way around the morning news shows attempting to defend the misleading statements she made to the public, which has been exposed by details revealed in the Mueller report. Here she is on CBS This Morning:
Another takeaway from the Mueller report: Mueller chose not to subpoena Trump
The report states that the written responses by the president to questions from investigators were “inadequate”, including that possible questions over obstruction of justice being left unanswered.
However, Mr Mueller said that due to the “late stage” of the investigation at the time, calling the president for testimony would cause a “substantial delay” and therefore one would not be issued.
The Kremlin has now issued a more extensive response to the Mueller findings. Unsurprisingly, it continues to deny any role in election interference and suggested the investigation was a waster of US taxpayer money. We regret the documents of this sort are causing direct influence on the development of Russian-US relations, whose condition leaves much to be desired,” Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
“Speaking less seriously I should say that in a similar situation our Audit Chamber would’ve certainly probed into what the taxpayers’ money has been wasted on. Anyway, it’s up to the US taxpayers to ask such questions.”
He added: “The latest version of the Mueller report contains nothing new. All that information had been published by different sources and mass media earlier.”
Here is the concluding paragraph of Robert Mueller’s report, outlining the reasons for refusing to draw “ultimate conclusions” about Donald Trump’s conduct. If specifically states that if investigators believed the president did not commit obstruction of justice, they would say so.
Here is how Donald Trump’s favourite TV show, Fox & Friends, is covering the morning’s coverage of the explosive Mueller report’s findings.
The chair of the US House Intelligence Committee was in London last year asking questions about people who have been investigating Donald Trump. One of his key targets was Christopher Steele, who had written the explosive dossier on Trump and the Kremlin that was given massive publicity.
Devin Nunes was particularly keen on who the former MI6 officer had contacts in the FBI and Justice Department. He asked to meet the head of MI6, Alex Younger, and his counterparts at MI5, Andrew Parker, and GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming.
Although it was far from unusual for the chair of the House Intelligence Committee to meet the heads of Britain’s security establishment, all three refused because they were wary, according to officials, of his motives. He had to make do instead with Theresa May’s deputy national security advisor, Madeleine Alessandri. Read more…
‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency, I’m f****d’
Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump is Instagramming her trip to West Africa, including a particularly striking image of her alongside US senators, including staunch Trump ally Lindsey Graham.
BREAKING: House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to comment on whether Congress could launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump in the wake of damning revelations in the newly released Mueller report. Read more…
Donald Trump, perhaps surprisingly, failed to stop to talk to reporters before departing for his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida yesterday.
Another takeaway from Mueller’s report, and even more pertinent in light of Donald Trump’s continued allegations Hillary Clinton deleted 33,000 emails in order to cover up evidence of wrongdoing – a claim which the FBI has said had “no evidence” to back it up. The investigation was slowed by messages being deleted, including by Trump campaign officials
As well as numerous guilty pleas from a number of people over lies told to Congress and the FBI during the Muller investigation, the report also registers the seeming frustration of the Mueller team that a number of potentially useful communications were deleted by those investigated. This included some people in the Trump campaign.
“Some of the individuals we interviewed or whose conduct we investigated – including some associated with the Trump campaign – deleted relevant communications or communicated… using applications that feature encryption,” the report says.
As the highly anticipated Mueller Report was released, we gained some insight as to why the Special Counsel’s team declined to prosecute Donald Trump Jr.
Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and others had participated in the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016 where a Russian lawyer claimed they had dirt on the Clinton campaign, “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” Read more…
Trump Jr was offered “very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump,” to which he replied, ‘if it’s what you say I love it’
So many questions to this tweet by former FBI chief James Comey, whose firing by Donald Trump was the reason Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate the president.
Presumably, this is a reference to the release of the Mueller report, but is the image for those who couldn’t “see the wood for the trees”? Or something to do with Trump’s infamous suggestion of raking forest floors in order to avoid forest fires?? …Green shoots???
Here’s footage of Sarah Sanders’ interview with Sean Hannity, in which she addresses her false claim there were “countless” FBI agents pleased to see the firing of James Comey. She then doubles down on the claim, saying it is “not untrue”.
Here’s a key portion of Robert Mueller’s report – on page 157 – in which investigators explain Donald Trump’s acts which “were capable of exerting undue influence” over the investigation.
Opinion: For months Donald Trump and his White House staff appeared to be losing the information game over the Mueller Report. At times last year, not a week seemed to go by without a former member of Trump’s election team or those close to him facing indictments, guilty pleas or court cases as part of the probe or its connected investigations. It only seemed a matter of time, amid regular angry tweets about the probe from the president, before the president found himself in hot water.
But the Justice Department, and by extension, the White House, has been able to take back control of the narrative in a way that seemed extremely unlikely a few weeks ago – Independent
Opinion: Barr has proved Trump now controls the Mueller narrative – no matter how hard Democrats try
Critics will rightly focus on Robert Mueller’s 10 episodes of possible collusion but it will likely make little difference
Amid the fallout, some Democrats have raised the spectre of impeachment against the president.