Read the Mueller Report

Read the Mueller Report

As soon as the Mueller Report became available, I downloaded it on my computer. It took a few evenings to read all 448 pages. I thought it was important for me to read the actual report for myself, rather than listen to or read about someone else’s characterization of the report. My reaction or conclusion was later confirmed when Republican Representative Justin Amash started making his comments – after reading the whole report himself. Quotes from Amash: “1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report. 2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct. 3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances. 4. Few members of Congress have read the report. Mueller’s report identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice, and undoubtedly any person who is not the president of the United States would be indicted based on such evidence. Barr has so far successfully used his position to sell the president’s false narrative to the American people. This will continue if those who have read the report do not start pushing back on his misrepresentations and share the truth. Mueller’s report says he chose not to decide whether Trump broke the law because of concerns about impacting the president’s ability to govern and pre-empting possible impeachment. The ball is in our court, Congress.”

I think that very last statement is Amash’s interpretation of a statement Mueller made in his press conference on May 29 – “And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrong doing.” Or from page 8 in the second volume of the report I quote, “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.”

No one is above the law and that includes the President.

As a citizen, I felt it was my duty to read the report. I encourage everyone to read the whole report. I am an Independent and I served as a USAF pilot and flew combat missions in the Vietnam War.

Clear Skies,

Daniel Pope