I have reviewed the Mueller report and wanted to share a few important takeaways with you.
[watch my interview on NPR by clicking above]
The President worked to impede the investigation.
From the report: "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests."
The President and his team willingly accepted Russia’s help, which the President himself encouraged – allowing a foreign enemy to influence our democracy.
The report states "...the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome" and "the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts..."
Here's one example:
“On July 27, 2016, Unit 26165 targeted email accounts connected to candidate Clinton’s personal office [redacted]. Earlier that day, candidate Trump made public statements that included the following: 'Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.' The '30,000 emails' were apparently a reference to emails described in media accounts as having been stored on a personal server that candidate Clinton had used while serving as Secretary of State.
I will work with my colleagues to take up this responsibility immediately. Our democracy is at stake.
Within approximately five hours of Trump’s statement, GRU officers targeted for the first time Clinton’s personal office. After candidate Trump’s remarks, Unit 26165 created and send malicious links targeting 15 email accounts at the domain [redacted] including an email account belonging to Clinton aide [redacted].”
Attorney General Barr has not been an honest broker with the American public, especially on the issue of obstruction of justice.
Attorney General Barr wrote a 19-page memo calling Mueller's report theory "fatally misconceived" in 2018. His misleading four-page summary is refuted by the report, and his press conference was full of spin and absent of substance.
Attorney General Barr is now acting as Trump’s personal lawyer. Given this conflict, Barr should resign. An Attorney General cannot pursue justice while simultaneously trying to shield the President from facing it.
Congress has a clear mandate from this report to determine whether the President obstructed justice.
The report states: “With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.”
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress