By Theodore Mattheiss
After two years of waiting, the American public finally got a chance on April 18 to comb through all 448 partially redacted pages of Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report on links between President Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Russian government. On the question of collusion, Mueller answered that there was no sufficient evidence the campaign actively worked with the Russians.
Nonetheless, the results of the comprehensive investigation into Trump’s past are very damaging to the president, and could lead to his impeachment.
So what was found, if not collusion? Well, quite a lot. One interesting feature of the report is that Trump approved negotiations for a Trump Organization project in Moscow during the time of his campaign for the presidency. This is despite the president repeatedly claiming that he had no involvement with Russia at all.
Perhaps most notably, findings in the report suggest that it is possible the president tried to obstruct justice.
As is written on page 214 of the report, “if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.”
Then there’s my favorite part. Upon finding out that Mueller would investigate as a special counsel instead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump was quoted saying “oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f___ed.” He asked Sessions, “how could you let this happen, Jeff? … You were supposed to protect me,” which is interesting in its own right.
Trump’s lawyer and personal fixer, Michael Cohen, was also encouraged not to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation in exchange for a pardon from the president. Cohen believed that he would be “taken care of,” if he remained loyal to the president, but this option went out the window when Cohen flipped on Trump.
The United States has impeached presidents for less. The report shows the depth of President Trump’s disregard for the truth, justice, or accountability. It’s time to put an end to our corrupt president’s ongoing mockery of the highest office in the land.
After the release of the report, Elizabeth Warren made waves as the first sitting senator to call for Trump’s impeachment. It’s my hope that more will follow soon and begin proceedings, so we can move on from this twisted chapter in our history.