From P. 2: "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."
There are no sealed indictments.
SC referred several matters to other offices for further action.
As far as obstruction of justice . . .
"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
This was partly because evidence didn't establish that he committed an underlying crime related . . .
Yes, this is Barr's summary.
Basically, what Barr is saying is that (in his view) there's isn't proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
SC declined to reach a conclusion.
As a matter of law, this is wrong.
As a practical matter, if indeed a Trump-Russia conspiracy can't be proven, Trump's defense would be that he wanted to shut it down because he knew he committed no crime . . .
I need to think about this, but my off-the-cuff comment is that SC specifically said he did not exonerate Trump.
That came from Barr. . .
That's why we have more than one branch of government. It keeps the executive branch. . .
Congress makes the decision about whether the president committed impeachable crimes.
I expect that the House will now demand the full report & evidence, conduct its own investigation, and reach its own conclusion.
Yesterday I explained why, given the the constitution lays out a procedure for finding a sitting president guilty of criminal or impeachable conduct, it made sense to me that Mueller would not indict Trump. . .
The Constitution gives the power to indict (impeach) and find guilt (remove) to Congress. This is why Barr and Rosenstein's assessment is not binding on Congress.
Some crimes (like bribery which requires quid pro quo) are hard to prove. Others, like conspiracy, are much easier.
We're not finished yet.
All my threads are now blog posts. You can view this one here: terikanefield-blog.com/reading-barrs-…
The blog post is a bit clearer than this thread, since I wrote most of this thread as I was reading the letter,