Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | May 11, 2019) – The Mueller Report is so deep and wide with hard core facts, that it may be possible to analyze and comment for years to come. House Democrats are moving forward with their oversight agenda. There will be a full House vote to hold Barr in contempt of Congress as soon as next week. This could potentially lead to Barr being arrested and sent to jail.
In Volume II of Mueller’s Report, under section “C. The President’s Reaction to Public Confirmation of the FBI’s Russia Investigation,” Mueller cites Trump’s reaction to learning Attorney General Sessions was planning to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, and how Trump “tried to prevent the recusal.” Trump was angered that the FBI investigation was in public domain, and advised that news of the Russia investigation was preventing Trump from moving forward with improving relations with Russia. Trump was determined to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation so he could begin executing his foreign relations strategy.
Perhaps it’s the way the Mueller Report is laid out, all the evidence lined up like dominoes, that it appears Trump’s number one priority for improving relations with Russia was lifting sanctions. With each breaking news story about Russia and members of Trump’s campaign, Trump’s efforts to lift sanctions became stymied. Reading the Mueller Report makes it seem clear that Trump was panicked he couldn’t act swiftly to lift sanctions. He seemed pressured to make the sanctions go away. One can’t help but ask if Trump and Russia had some type of time sensitive arrangement about how quickly sanctions needed to be lifted.
The conflict over the Russia Investigation, and Trump’s distress, began less than 48 hours after Trump was inaugurated. It appears, that whatever arrangement was made, would have had to have been nailed down before inauguration. Which brings us back to the original question: Did Trump and Russia conspire before the election? It appears so. What did Trump agree to do, once he was elected? Apparently lift sanctions by a specific date. There might not be tangible evidence, such as a taped phone call or written email, to this effect. But Trump’s obvious discomfort, even anger, about being delayed in moving forward with improving relations with Russia, seems like clear confirmation that Trump and Russia did conspire, and that Trump was given a timetable to work under. This type of evidence may not be what’s required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and win a conviction, but it does seem valid enough to convince a reasonable mind that we’re in unchartered territory. It’s very dangerous. There are dark forces hiding in the shadows behind every corner. And the only way out of this frightening maze is to proceed forward doing everything by the book.
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