Trump and his minions continue to insisting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has completely cleared the president’s name, this despite the basic fact that Attorney General William Barr’s brief summary of the Russia investigation report explicitly admitted that Mueller has not exonerated Trump.
All we know right now is that the special counsel declined to make a decision as to whether or not the president obstructed justice and that he didn’t find enough evidence to move forward with charges of collusion. We also know that the full report is a staggering four hundred pages long. Since Republicans aren’t rushing to release it in full, one can reasonably expect that it contains damaging information about either Donald Trump or members of his inner circle.
Now, former U.S. Attorney and former acting head of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg has weighed in on the topic, and things don’t sound good for the administration.
“It’s never taken 400 pages for me to say nothing happened. So, I imagine something happened, I imagine that something, particularly with respect to obstruction was quite serious,” Rosenberg said during a conversation with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.
He also explained that Mueller might have chosen not to pursue obstruction charges not because Trump didn’t break the law, but because of existing protocols within the Department of Justice when it comes to dealing with the presidency.
“The Department of Justice has in place policies one dates to the ’70s, one dates to 2000, to say to charge a sitting president would be overly burdensome, would stigmatize the presidency,” explained Rosenberg.
“So, we just don’t charge sitting presidents. With that in mind, even if the obstruction constituted a crime, and it may well have, we don’t know that yet, I can imagine Mueller not making a recommendation because a recommendation to prosecute someone you can’t prosecute is equally burdensome and equally stigmatizing,” he continued.
Rosenberg also pointed out that Mueller’s decision to not exonerate Trump could be a sign that the full report contains particularly damning revelations about the president.
There is no excuse for the GOP to bury this report. The American people have an undeniable right to read it in full, and we must call on Congress to make it available immediately.
Watch the clip below.