After 22 months, the long-awaited “Mueller Report” is in – that was Friday. And depending on your political persuasion, you’re totally thrilled...or you’re really frustrated. As President Trump and his supporters see it, the report is a “total exoneration.” Across the aisle, there seems to be frustration that there isn’t more to chew on…while others say there is PLENTY to consider.
Legal experts seem to agree that while the investigation found no evidence of a Russia conspiracy, it does leave an obstruction question open. In a summary released by Attorney General William Barr over the weekend, Barr makes the point of saying Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence President Trump or any members of his campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election. But after that, Barr goes on to say the report leaves "unresolved whether the president's actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction."
Barr says he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "have concluded that the evidence developed in during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice offense." Barr adds that he and Rosenstein consulted with Department of Justice officials before making that decision and that they applied the principles of federal prosecution. What’s that? In order for the President to be convicted of obstruction, "the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct."
Source: New York Times