LaBoyteaux 2020–The Mueller Report

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities” I still have questions and will come back to the issue of collusion.

There was good reason for this investigation and not just the dossier but other intelligence sources as well as President Trump himself fanning the flames with near constant denial and attacks on anyone who questioned him.

Without seeing the report, I think Attorney General Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein probably made the right decision regarding obstruction of justice. There are plenty of cases throughout our court systems where a crime may have been committed but the evidence is insufficient, mixed or simply not strong enough to result in a conviction “beyond reasonable doubt”.  One prominent example is Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for some State Department business involving classified information. Mr. Mueller could have decided to leave the obstruction decision to others because much of President Trump’s inflammatory criticism was directed at the Special Counsel and the investigation itself. Senator Grassley recommended that the President say as little as possible about the investigation but that is not what happened.

Coming back to the question of collusion, the Trump campaign did not have to conspire or coordinate with the Russians, who were already interfering in the election to Mr. Trump’s benefit. An agreement or coordination was not necessary and would have been dumb. Just some “make nice” with Putin and a stated intent to drop sanctions would do ….. or maybe a wink and a nod and the lure of a penthouse appartment. From years of experience, Hillary Clinton had Putin’s number and was not fooled. The Russians clearly preferred Mr. Trump and used their election interference to his benefit. I would like to know how many offers of Russian assistance were made to the Trump organization, to whom, and were those offers reported to the FBI?

I don’t get President Trump’s affinity for Putin. I especially don’t get his disregard of our intelligence services and private meetings with Putin even to the extent of confiscating the interpreter’s notes. It smells really bad to me.

My hero this week is New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern in her strong and compassionate response to the hate motivated mass murders of Muslim worshipers in her country. As President I hope I would do as well. The qualities that define a true leader are thoughtfulness, compassion, honesty and toughness when necessary.

The most important thing that our President and chief executive can do is to make our representative system of government work as well as it can.

I see no need to tear down the Affordable Care Act. As president I would be happy to work with a bi-partisan congressional committees to make it better.

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