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CNN PoliticsFeb 20, 2019
The Point: What if the Mueller report changes nothing?
Thanks to CNN reporting, we now know that Attorney General Bill Barr is readying to receive special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election -- and the possibility of collusion with Donald Trump's campaign -- as soon as next week.

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The Daily BeastFeb 20, 2019
Trump May Be Committing Obstruction of Justice in Plain Sight
JIM YOUNGMobsters say that the safest place to hide is, often, just out in the open. When it comes to obstruction of justice, President Donald Trump may be adopting the same strategy.

The New York Times on Tuesday chronicled President Donald Trump's efforts to discredit law enforcement investigations that have affected his presidency. By pulling together two years of reporting, the Times tells a remarkable story of Trump's efforts to undermine the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others. Of course, we may not know all that has happened behind closed doors, but the Times piece highlights how much of Trump's conduct has been done in plain sight.

Obstruction of justice is a crime that is usually committed covertly and in the shadows to conceal it from detection. Criminals destroy or alter evidence when no one is looking. They coordinate lies with associates and remind them to tell no one. They use intermediaries to quietly communicate veiled threats to kill witnesses or harm family members who might against them. "You have a lovely daughter," a mobster might say. "it would be a shame if something should happen to her."

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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