Special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the team of experts who have been investigating Russiagate for two years, or alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, have concluded that Donald Trump has become president thanks to Moscow’s help and has sought to hinder the search for truth on at least eleven occasions.
Mueller concluded the investigation several days ago but the results of the scandal that shook American politics and public opinion for the last two years were not released until April 18, after the so-called Mueller report was released. The file was made available by the White House at the request of the Democrats. Several members of the donkey party had in fact claimed to read the 448 pages of the document to assess any impeachment.
Before yesterday, only one person had read the entire file: Attorney General William Barr. The conservative party politician had received the report from Mueller and summarized it in a four-page letter he had then sent to Congress. In the text, Barr explained that Russia had actually interfered with the presidential elections, but made no reference to The Donald’s eleven attempts to stop the investigation.
What the new cards say
The Mueller report consists of 448 pages, divided into three volumes. It is not possible to read the entire document: some names and sentences have in fact been covered with flakes to protect the secrecy of ongoing investigations and the privacy of some people who are only marginally involved in the investigation. Still other information has been deleted for constitutional reasons: everything that was obtained through a grand jury cannot, by law, be disseminated.
In general, the special prosecutor states that Russia has interfered with the presidential elections in a systematic and voluntary manner; that Donald Trump and those close to him have often met Russian officials – but this is not enough to prove collusion – and that the president has tried to block the investigation on at least eleven occasions.
In the dossier, Mueller explains that the Russian services have conditioned the choice of American voters by spreading false and radical news on Hillary Clinton , the Democratic presidential candidate of 2016, on the web in a ” systemic and radical ” way. The former first lady would have been damaged by frequent attacks computer scientists, of an illicit nature, aimed at obtaining documents and emails that were then released by the WikiLeaks platform.
The second accusation concerns the contacts between the Russian government and the Trump committee. In this regard, the super prosecutor points out that there have been and have also been ” numerous “. However, this mutual exchange of favors is not enough, on the jurisprudential level, to talk about a “conspiracy”. In fact, there is not enough evidence to show that the two parties agreed to obtain mutual benefit, violating the law.
The last point concerns the hypothesis that President Trump has obstructed justice. According to Mueller and the team of experts who worked alongside him, The Donald has tried to hinder the Russiagate investigation on at least eleven occasions. The press had already spoken of a few attempts. One of them, Trump’s request to then-head of the FBI James Comey to close the investigation into Michael Flynn, the former security adviser who had lied to Congress about his relations with Russia, and the decision to fire him .
However, Mueller cited many others. On June 17, 2017, for example, Trump called the White House lawyer Don McGahn at home and ordered him to get Mueller himself fired. But McGahn refused to do so. A few days later, on 8 July, the president issued a statement full of false information in response in an attempt to deny a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer who had compromising material on Hillary Clinton. The Donald also convinced Sarah Sanders, a spokeswoman for the White House, to issue a statement – false – in which it was said that Comey had been fired because so many had complained about him.
Does Trump risk impeachment?
Mueller writes in the file that he and his team knew from the start that the investigation would not lead to an indictment against the president. According to the prosecutor, this would in fact lead to a violation of the principle of separation of powers whereby the legislative power, the executive power and the judiciary power must be exercised by different organs in conditions of equality and autonomy. Nevertheless, he adds, the investigation went ahead because there was a “strong public interest” in knowing the truth.
Mueller concludes the report by writing that ” on the basis of facts and laws”it is not possible to say that the president did not obstruct justice. ” Consequently, although this report does not conclude that the president has committed a crime, he does not even exonerate it .” And he adds that only Congress can call for the president’s actions ” based on the principle that no one is above the law ” with the aim of ” preventing a president from corrupt use of his power “.
At this time, impeachment cannot therefore be ruled out. However, it is unlikely that Trump will be indicted and fall from office. For this to be possible, the Senate, which is composed mainly of Republican representatives, should approve the measure with a 2/3 majority. According to analysts, it would also be necessary to understand whether the fact that Trump tried to obstruct the investigation and to hide the truth about the Russiagate, without success, is in any case equivalent to the crime of obstruction of justice.