Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saved by the Powers Behind the Throne

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saved by the Powers Behind the Throne

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Byline: STATESIDE With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

JUST hours before Robert Mueller's long-awaited report into Russian interference in the US election, deluded Donald Trump likened himself to a Game of Thrones hero.

Posting a meme of himself looking out onto the horizon, surrounded by dramatic mist, he wrote: "No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left democrats - GAME OVER."

The President could not have picked a more apt comparison as the parallel between the hit show and his time in the White House. Both are fantasy dramas.

But no sooner had Trump, aided by his flunkies, cleared himself of any wrongdoing, the real truth emerged.

What the US leader described as "complete and total exoneration" would have left even the most imaginative of scriptwriters struggling to make it plausible.

Contrary to the sycophantic spin of his Attorney General William Barr, the unavoidable conclusion of Mueller's exhaustive report is that Trump tried, and tried hard, to obstruct justice as government officials endeavoured to get to the bottom of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

"The President's efforts to influence the investigation," Mueller wrote, "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests."

It turns out Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators found "substantial evidence" Trump broke the law on countless occasions by attempting to shut down or interfere with the nearlytwo-year Russia investigation. In addition to pointing to possible criminality, even the heavily redacted report revealed a White House riddled with dysfunction and distrust, one in which Trump and some of his aides lie, with contempt for one another and the public.

Within the 448-page pages, there was even Trump's own assessment of Mueller's appointment as special counsel. …

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