Mueller’s Report … at Least What We Know of It … Does Not Reflect Trump’s Real Obstructions of Justice

As soon as the president stepped off Air Force One to bask in the afterglow of being vindicated by Robert Mueller’s report, he began by saying this “witch …” before catching himself and saying to reporters, “after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side, where a lot of bad things happened, a lot of horrible things happened, a lot of bad things happened for our country, it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
Putting first thing’s first, if Mueller’s investigation was just one monumental witch hunt, which Trump himself has claimed at least 170 times on record, then the findings of the report are irrelevant. If it was truly a witch hunt, then the results of this report are nothing more than a compilation of crazy theories and false conclusions. The prosecution’s motives were tainted from the start and the president was right all along.
In other words, if it was a genuine witch hunt, why should Trump care what Mueller said? Wasn’t the president exonerated, to begin with? Why does he need Mueller’s sanction? If the president truly believed that he did nothing improper — during the campaign and after he was elected — why was he so nervous that the report was going to be a bombshell? If there was nothing to hide in the first place, what is so significant about Mueller’s work in the end?
Regarding whether Trump obstructed justice, what are we actually talking about when we use this term? Do you want to know if Trump obstructed justice? Ask Muslims who were temporarily banned from traveling back to their home country, job, or university, just because they practiced a certain religious faith.
Ask the 12-year-old Guatemalan girl who was taken from her mother and detained in a warehouse for months just because she wanted to escape being raped and forced into a gang. Do you think she believes obstruction of justice occurred under Trump’s watch?
What about the families of soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, do you think they believed justice had been obstructed when the POTUS defamed and berated dead soldiers? Do you think Mr. Khan believed that justice was obstructed when Trump questioned his son’s loyalty to the United States?
Do you think the family of Otto Warmbier would argue that justice has been obstructed by a president who is unwilling to say that the North Korean dictator was responsible for their son’s murder?
How about the countless victims of Putin’s regime? Do you think those journalists who were poisoned on Putin’s orders were killed by someone who upholds international standards of justice?
Ask a transgender soldier or police officer if they feel justice has been obstructed when they are treated as second class citizens. Do they not put their lives on the line to defend Americans each and every day?
Or how about the women whom Trump paid to sleep with him? How about all of those sexual encounters that led Trump to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to silence them? Was justice obstructed when those women had their careers and even lives threatened by Trump’s personal fixer Michael Cohen?
I don’t think we need Mueller’s Special Counsel report to know that locking children up in cages is hardly an act of justice, or that the president has routinely acted outside of the acceptable bounds of a responsible national leader.
Ask Charlottesville victim Heather Hyer if justice was obstructed when the president gave cover to white supremacist hate groups.
Ask those victims of the Christ Church massacre if white nationalism is on the rise. To say that it is not is an act of obstructing justice.
Or the family of Jamal Khashoggi, the innocent children who are being killed in Yemen by American manufactured bombs, and the civilian victims of drone attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere.  What do you think they would say about justice in the era of Trumpism?
No, we do not need Mueller to tell us that Trump has obstructed justice. Trump himself is an obstruction of justice. Everything that he stands for and is making America fall for is an obstruction of justice.
But, if readers are seeking more blatant and conventional examples, do we need to look much further than the president’s own rationale for firing former FBI director James Comey? Trump got rid of Comey in order to stop the Russian probe. That’s an obstruction of justice. And when Trump invited, during one of his rallies, for the Russians to meddle in the election, that was collusion. We all heard it with our own ears. Mueller’s attempt to wash away Trump’s culpability will never change the fact that he did these things in front of the entire nation.

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George Cassidy Payne

George Cassidy Payne is a freelance writer and domestic violence counselor. He has theology degrees from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

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  • Mr Payne, It is pretty obvious you are ignorant of our Rule of Law. In this country we have a Constitution, US Code Title 18 and Rules and Regulations that make up our Rule Of Law. Under our laws, law enforcement cannot investigate a person, they must investigate a crime, as to do otherwise is a violation of the Equal Rights Amendment . Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Due Process ,Innocent until proven Guilty. Exactly what “crime” was Mueller, as Special Counsel tasked with investigating? I ‘ll give you a clue. There is no Crime called “Collusion” that’s a word used by the uninformed to describe “Conspiracy”, and in order for a violation to be “Conspiracy”, there must be a crime, such as Robbery ie Conspiracy to commit a Robbery…no Robbery ,no crime , no conspiracy. So exactly what was the conspiracy? Further, having had experience with wiretaps (Title 3) on criminal cases, after reviewing the FISA wire tap application on Carter Page (FISA being wiretaps on Foreign Agents, not US Citizens) it is obvious that exculpatory evidence was intentionally missing, from the Page FISA warrant!. Exculpatory evidence is that Trump’s opposition candidate Hillary Clinton, paid Fusion GPS to hire and conspire with 4 foreign Agents ,Steele and 3 Russians, to obtain and utilize derogatory information against Trump ,to adversely affect a US election .If there was no crime there was no conspiracy, by Trump. Was there a Crime committed by Clinton, et al? Ask Mueller how he missed that one, I’m certain a Barr Grand Jury will! Also missing was the fact that the Dossier used as Probable Cause for the FISA warrant, according to then FBI Director Comey, was “salacious and unverified”. That alone is catastrophic to the FISA, Cater Page wire!!! The fact that heads of the FBI, CIA,NSA were all involved in a conspiracy to influence a Presidential Election and then unseat a sitting President is more than troublesome…it’s criminal as we will soon see. There are protections of US Citizens’ rights to NOT be overheard on FISA warrants and extreme efforts to protect those rights are so critical that besides criminal changes there are Civil penalties involving triple damages for violating Citizens rights in FISA warrants. ALL those signors of those warrants have serious legal problems !There is no doubt that the Page warrants were a Fraud Perpetrated on the FISA court and all signors will likely be indicted when AG Bar finishes with the Mueller report. President Trump NEVER questioned Khan’s son’s loyalty he thanked him for his loyalty and ultimate sacrifice. Khan’s father did however dishonor his son’s death by holding up our Constitution in one hand and his Book of Faith,Koran in the other…you see we believe in the Separation of Church and State, our Constitution , which Khan’s son died for and the Koran does not! His son died fighting those who believe in the Koran! Get your facts straight before you run off at the pen…you are wrong on every count! The Right Side

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