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Did Trump Obstruct Justice? All In The Mueller Report – OpEd


There’s a lot of spinning going on in Washington following the release of a summary of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on the so-called Russia probe, American political analyst and activist Myles Hoenig says.

US President Donald Trump has claimed “complete and total exoneration” after the Justice Department announced Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, said in a four-page summary of the report released on Sunday that Mueller’s team had concluded that no one in Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”

However, Mueller’s findings left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations.

Many of the president’s opponents had accused him of obstructing the Russia probe when he fired former FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

“With so much egg on people’s faces, we should expect to see a lot of omelets being made! The major news outlets, namely CNN and MSNBC, have spent an entire two years ginning up for impeachment and removal of a president who bested the only person in America who could lose to Trump. It was the Democratic activist James Carville who once said ‘Winners grin while losers spin’ and there’s a lot of spinning going on in Washington this past weekend,” Hoenig told Press TV on Monday.

“True that the final Mueller report is not public and it didn’t exonerate Trump of crimes related to covering up alleged crimes, such as obstruction of justice. But this was a huge gift for the man who thinks he’s been unfairly targeted by Democrats and the media since before he was elected. He’s been saying ‘No Collusion’ since forever and the Mueller report backs him on it,” he added.

It’s way too early to say what impact this will have on the 2020 election. Trump will feel more emboldened but he will still be Trump, and that works for the Democrats. Investigations will continue through the election and anything negative will have an impact. But all could vanish if the US were to go to war with either Venezuela, Iran or some other perceived invisible enemy. Like always, the Democrats will rally around the president and so much will be ‘forgotten’. People forget that Rudy Giuliani was one of the most despised mayors of New York until 911 happened, and then he was America’s Mayor,” he stated.

“But being an election year it’s likely that the heat will remain on from the surviving Democratic candidates but it won’t be issues as much as personalities that’ll win it for the prospective nominee. Both parties are so much in agreement on major issues that the integrity of the office will be the issue, not truly substantive issues. For example, the Democrats might be seen as trying to stop global warming but their policies are still based on having an oil based economy. They might talk about ending endless wars but they’ll be racking up donations from the aerospace industry. And some might even talk about the disproportionate advantage Israel has over the Palestinians but the charge of anti-Semitism will mute any real criticisms,” he noted.

“The Mueller report has not been made public yet but in very short order the Democrats will likely be referring to him as a paid Russian agent, or was pressured to go easy on Trump, anything to deflect attention from real issues while the media spends the next two years trying to figure out what went wrong, for them,” the analyst concluded.

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