Published On: Sun, Mar 24th, 2019

Decisive Days For Donald Trump

Special investigator Robert Mueller presented his report on the US President’s Russia connections. How much does the public get to read about it?

Hard Times For Donald Trump

For weeks, a deeply divided nation was waiting for the most important report in decades. What role did Russia play in the run-up to the US presidential election in 2016 and to what extent was Donald Trump involved in Moscow’s potential interference? These were the central questions of Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation. Now the special investigator has completed his work. The results will be leaked piecemeal over the next few days.

On Friday night, Justice Secretary William Barr informed Congress in a unilateral letter that he had received the report, promising “as much transparency as possible”. Senate and House of Representatives will receive a summary on the weekend. Barr anticipated one thing: Mueller had done his job properly. Everything the former FBI boss did was justified.

The president has repeatedly referred to the investigation as a “witch hunt”. In fact, there is currently little evidence that Mueller’s Trump’s work could cost his job. According to the Ministry of Justice, no further charges should be made in the final report. Many people have already been charged. A handful of Trump’s closest advisers, including campaign manager Paul Manafort and lawyer Michael Cohen, have been found guilty. The convictions related to other offenses such as false statements and tax evasion.

Sex affairs and Schweigegeld. So far, there’s no evidence that Trump or any of his closest advisers were in cahoots with Russia. Politically explosive Mueller’s work was always. It gave insight into the character of the president and led to the revelation of several sex affairs of the former real estate tycoon and associated silent pay payments.

Now it is important for the Ministry of Justice to weigh up which parts of the Mueller report should be made public. The opinion of Congress is clear. With 420 to zero, the House of Representatives voted for a publication. Of course, even with complete transparency, secret, security-relevant passages would probably have to be blacked out. In addition, lawyers argue that not everything should be published – to protect those who have been investigated, but who have never been charged.

So far, only a single-digit number of people should have seen the report. Too large is the concern of a leak outside. The White House was informed about the completion of the report. So far, neither his lawyers nor Trump himself has gained insight.

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