, 13 tweets, 3 min read Read on Twitter
Barr's 4-pg summary is:
1 pg on Russian interference.
1 pg on obstruction.
It quotes Mueller on obstruction: "While this report does not conclude that the Pres committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
It's Barr's short letter, not Mueller.
We need to see the report.
2/ On Russian interference, the letter quotes Mueller:
"The investigation did not establish" conspiracy or coordination.
But any lawyer would ask about what legal burden of proof Mueller was using.
Proof "beyond a resonable doubt"?
But that's not the only relevant standard.
3/ A prosecutor needs to ask not just about whether there is "probable cause" (the standard for indictment). A prosecutor needs to ask if there is enough evidence to justify prosecution.
Mueller may have been explicitly using a higher standard in this context. We just don't know.
4/ Stone indictment stated: “After July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by [Wikileaks], a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information [it] had regarding the Clinton Campaign."
Who directed?
5/ Barr's letter seems deliberately written to avoid THIS QUESTION. Barr focuses narrowly on "the Russian government."
Wikileaks was not the Russian government, but coordinating with Wikileaks is plausibly soliciting/conspiring.
Barr seems to be deliberately obscuring. Unclear.
6/ Mueller's report probably included an executive summary of some kind.
Why not share that summary, even if Barr did his own rough redactions?
Barr quoted only 3 sentences from Mueller. Why would he not offer more than 3 sentences from Mueller?
I find that highly questionable.
7/ For comparison, Ken Starr's report on Clinton provided a half-page introduction and short summaries in many key sections.
Mueller surely offered similar summaries.
And yet Barr did not share those summaries.
Just 1 full sentences and 2 partial sentences from Mueller.
8/ This was the Starr Report introduction. Surely Mueller wrote something like this. Barr is deliberately not sharing it, and substituting his own summary of a summary.
9/ Barr's letter says "in our judgment (Barr's & Rosenstein's)," Trump's actions aren't sufficient to prove criminal obsruction, "which would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."
-"Our judgment," not Mueller's...
- Implicitly focused on proving "beyond reasonable doubt."
10/ And keep in mind that Barr got this job because he wrote Trump a memo that basically said that no president could be guilty of obstruction for the removal of an official.
Extreme unitary executive theory.
So Barr's legal conclusion is no shocker here.
11/ Another Special Counsel Report as a model for comparison: Iran-Contra and the Walsh Report.
Look, an executive summary! Imagine that!
12/ And even more importantly, Walsh led with his damning "Overall Conclusions."
What are the chances that Mueller did not review these models and provide something similar for precisely this kind of Atty General "letter"?
13/ I put together this thread into a @slate article:
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Jed Shugerman
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!