Jeff Jacoby: Mueller's report means impeachment won't happen

Jeff Jacoby: Mueller's report means impeachment won't happen

And while Democrats say Mueller's findings are far more serious than initially indicated in Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary, they've been hesitant to pursue the ultimate step, impeachment proceedings, despite pressure from the left flank of the party to begin efforts to try to remove the president from office.

"The media looks a lot stronger today than it did before the release of this report", Kyle Pope, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, said Friday.

"Oh my god. This is bad". This is bad. This is the end of my Presidency. "I'm f**ked. I'm f**ked".

The principal conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently released investigation - namely, that no one in the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election - did not appear in a single headline.

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Former White House counsel Don McGahn told investigators that Trump asked him twice to tell Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

It became an overnight but still utterly true cliché to note that Trump appears to think he is a mob boss running a criminal organization, right down to the comically on-the-nose details such as Trump berating McGahn, his former White House counsel, by declaring, "Lawyers don't take notes".

Democrats had anxious that Barr might use too heavy a hand when redacting portions of the report that dealt with sensitive material, such as active investigations, confidential legal proceedings and matters of national security.

Trump's attempts to obstruct failed on multiple occasions, according to the report, because multiple Trump aides refused, with or without Trump's knowledge, to follow his sometimes illegal instructions.

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That's according to a hugely anticipated report from Mueller that details multiple efforts the president made to curtail a Russian Federation probe he feared would cripple his administration.

Two, the Trump campaign had numerous contacts with Russian agents, just not in a way to prove collusion in court. In some instances, the campaign was receptive to the offer, while in other instances the campaign officials shied away.

Mueller's almost two-year-long investigation focused on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign, and Trump's subsequent efforts to block and shut down the investigation. No such formal agreement was needed by the Russians.

Did anyone in the Trump campaign ever report those "Russian offers of assistance to the campaign", to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or U.S. Intelligence agencies? No.

The official also said Mueller had the choice to either recommend charges against Trump or not, and he had decided against it.

Mueller's report recounts 10 episodes involving the president and potential obstruction of the investigation.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey previewed the paper's front page for Friday on Thursday evening, and it wasn't long before a number of people noticed a glaring omission.

The Mueller report also showed that Trump directed a series of aides to ask McGahn to publicly deny the story, and ultimately asked himself, too. Less than two weeks ago, Trump forced Nielsen to resign and a slew of ensuing media reports revealed the main reason why: He kept demanding that Nielsen break the law. Savvy Democrats are not going to repeat the blunder Republicans made when they impeached Bill Clinton in 1998 and were punished by voters in the next election.

"Now the tables have turned, and it's time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever", said Trump's re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale. Our national security should never be partisan, and it's clear that Russian Federation interfered in our election.