Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mueller Light; Special Counsel Probe Unlikely to Be Enough to Get Trump out. Now Democrats Must Focus on Issues to Oust Him in 2020

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mueller Light; Special Counsel Probe Unlikely to Be Enough to Get Trump out. Now Democrats Must Focus on Issues to Oust Him in 2020

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LONG thought by his critics to be the key to ousting Donald Trump, the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election may instead be a powerful tool for his re-election campaign.

After 22 months, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, more than 230 orders for communication records, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he found no evidence of anyone on the 2016 Trump campaign conspiring with the Russian government to influence the vote. The defiant President described the investigation as "an illegal takedown that failed" and called for an inquiry into "the other side" - those who accused his campaign of coordinating with Moscow.

However, although Trump and his team may be vastly oversimplifying Mueller's full conclusions, much is still to be learnt about its findings.

The letter Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress summarising the key findings of Mueller's investigation, is good news, not just for Trump.

According to the four-page summary, the special counsel and his team were unable to establish anyone connected to the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government when it interfered to help him win the keys to the Trump, top, use his General Barr's (summing up of the White House.

Report as to attack The news should provide some relief, not just to Americans but US allies, including the UK, who have harboured concerns a presidential candidate was conspiring with Vladimir Putin to undermine democracy.

What the outcome is not, however, is a "Complete and Total EXONERATION," as Trump unsurprisingly described it.

Mueller explicitly refused to clear 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. "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," the report states. …

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